1 Generally speaking, one of the key functions of international organizations today is the supervision of legal compliance by Member States. Originally, only States supervised—that is to say, monitored—their mutual compliance with treaty obligations through diplomatic channels. This decentralized and highly self-interest–oriented method, which is still practiced today, has its shortcomings, especially within the framework of large multilateral treaties. As multilateral treaty law proliferated throughout the 20th century, the international community sought better...
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