International organization in the singular is a slightly older idea than the use of the term ‘international organizations’ in the plural. It can be traced back to the Scottish lawyer James Lorimer.1 The expression ‘organization’ to designate an inter-governmental institution was first used in the peace treaties after the First World War. Article 23(a) of the League of Nations Covenant, which was Part I of all three peace treaties, mentioned ‘organizations’ in the plural, with regard to the issue of labour.2 Part XIII of the Treaty of Versailles3 established an...
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