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Max Planck Encyclopedia of Public International Law [MPEPIL]

Non-State Actors

Markus Wagner

From: Oxford Public International Law (http://opil.ouplaw.com). (c) Oxford University Press, 2015. All Rights Reserved.date: 22 July 2019

Responsibility of states — Responsibility of individuals — Responsibility of non-state actors — Unilateral acts — Sovereignty — Corporations — Terrorism — De facto regime — NGOs (Non-Governmental Organizations)

Published under the auspices of the Max Planck Foundation for International Peace and the Rule of Law under the direction of Rüdiger Wolfrum.

1 The term non-State actors is a superordinate concept that encompasses all those actors in international relations that are not State [s]. It comprises individuals ( Individuals in International Law ) as well as entities, the latter spanning a large range of organizations and institutions on the global, regional, sub-regional as well as the local levels. These entities cannot be identified by common sociological features as they include, inter alia, international organizations ( International Organizations or Institutions, General Aspects ), corporations (...
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