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I Actors, 7 International Organizations: Between Technocracy and Democracy

Anne Peters, Simone Peter

From: The Oxford Handbook of the History of International Law

Edited By: Bardo Fassbender, Anne Peters

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

International administrative unions — Acts of international organizations — Democracy
International organization in the singular is a slightly older idea than the use of the term ‘international organizations’ in the plural. It can be traced back to the Scottish lawyer James Lorimer.1 The expression ‘organization’ to designate an inter-governmental institution was first used in the peace treaties after the First World War. Article 23(a) of the League of Nations Covenant, which was Part I of all three peace treaties, mentioned ‘organizations’ in the plural, with regard to the issue of labour.2 Part XIII of the Treaty of Versailles3 established an...
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