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Part 2 The United Nations: What it is, 6 Subsidiary Organs

Dame Rosalyn Higgins DBE QC, Philippa Webb, Dapo Akande, Sandesh Sivakumaran, James Sloan

From: Oppenheim's International Law: United Nations

Rosalyn Higgins, Philippa Webb, Dapo Akande, Sandesh Sivakumaran, James Sloan

From: Oxford Public International Law (http://opil.ouplaw.com). (c) Oxford University Press, 2023. All Rights Reserved.date: 23 March 2023

International organizations

This chapter discusses the UN’s subsidiary organs. Chapter III of the UN Charter identifies the six ‘principal organs’ of the UN and authorizes the establishment of ‘[s]uch subsidiary organs as may be found necessary’. Two elements are essential to an entity working as a UN subsidiary organ: (i) it must be created by, or under the authority of, a principal organ of the UN; and (ii) it must possess a level of independence from the principal organ by which it was created, or under whose authority it acts. The chapter covers the essential characteristics of a subsidiary organ; powers to establish subsidiary organs; the legal status of subsidiary organs; powers of subsidiary organs; the nature of the functioning of subsidiary organs; joint subsidiary organs; subsidiary organs functioning in a dual capacity; subsidiary organs and treaty bodies; subsidiary organs of the General Assembly; and subsidiary organs of the Security Council.

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