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Max Planck Encyclopedia of Public International Law [MPEPIL]

United Nations, General Assembly

Christian Tomuschat

From: Oxford Public International Law (http://opil.ouplaw.com). (c) Oxford University Press, 2023. All Rights Reserved.date: 20 March 2023

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 The General Assembly (‘GA’) is one of the principal organs of the United Nations (UN) enumerated in Art. 7 (1) UN Charter. The fact that it takes pride of place on the list and that its functions and powers are set out in Chapter IV UN Charter, before all the other principal organs, is no coincidence. Under Art. 9 (1) UN Charter, every Member State has a seat and a vote in the GA, whereas all the other principal organs composed of States have only a limited circle of membership. The GA thus occupies a central position as a universal conference within the...
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