Part VIII International Institutional Law, Ch.46 Legal Capacity and Powers
Edited By: Jacob Katz Cogan, Ian Hurd, Ian Johnstone
- Immunity from jurisdiction — Membership of international organizations — International organizations, practice and procedure — Resolutions of international organizations — International courts and tribunals, procedure
The law of international organizations (IOs) is undergoing profound changes, due in large part to the increasingly important role that these organizations have played in exercising powers conferred on them by national governments. This phenomenon has led to concerted attempts by states, international courts and tribunals, and domestic courts to ensure accountability for these exercises of power by imposing corresponding limits on IOs. This chapter focuses, first, on the development of international law relating to the legal personality of IOs, including in this context a brief consideration of the issue of immunity. It then discusses the relationship between states and IOs and the implications of this relationship for the responsibility of states, and in some cases the responsibility of IOs.