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Max Planck Encyclopedia of Public International Law [MPEPIL]

International Organizations or Institutions, Voting Rules and Procedures

Henry G Schermers†, Niels M Blokker

From: Oxford Public International Law (http://opil.ouplaw.com). (c) Oxford University Press, 2023. All Rights Reserved.date: 11 December 2023

Acts of international organizations — 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 Voting is an act of the organization, meant to promote its decision-making (International Organizations or Institutions, Decision-Making Process). Normally, voting has no other consequence than a proposal’s acceptance or rejection. The effect of the proposal, if accepted, is the same for all members irrespective of how they have voted. Though this rule has never been legally challenged, the political impact of the measure will be influenced by the results of the voting, especially when non-binding resolutions are adopted (International Organizations or...
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