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Max Planck Encyclopedia of Public International Law [MPEPIL]

International Organizations or Institutions, Secretariats

Niels M Blokker

From: Oxford Public International Law (http://opil.ouplaw.com). (c) Oxford University Press, 2023. All Rights Reserved.date: 28 May 2023

Membership 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 There is no model institutional structure for international organizations. In practice, their structures vary widely: some are simple, others are rather complex (eg, with many subsidiary organs; with parliamentary and judicial organs). But their institutional structures also have important elements in common. For example, all international organizations need a secretariat. Without a secretariat with administrative staff, no international organization can perform its functions: as will be discussed below, meetings have to be organized, documents have to be...
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