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Max Planck Encyclopedia of Public International Law [MPEPIL]

International Organizations or Institutions, Implied Powers

Niels M Blokker

From: Oxford Public International Law (http://opil.ouplaw.com). (c) Oxford University Press, 2023. All Rights Reserved.date: 06 February 2023

Attribution to international organizations — Responsibility of international organizations — International organizations, practice and procedure

Published under the auspices of the Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law under the direction of Professor Anne Peters (2021–) and Professor Rüdiger Wolfrum (2004–2020). 

1 International organizations may only exercise those powers that have been given to them, either when they were created or subsequently. This fundamental rule of the law of international organizations is called the principle of attributed powers, the principle of conferred powers, or the principle of speciality; often also the French expression compétences d’attribution is used. As the International Court of Justice (ICJ) has stated in its 1996 Legality of the Use by a State of Nuclear Weapons in Armed Conflict (Advisory Opinion) (‘Nuclear Weapons in Armed...
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