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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: 02 December 2020

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 (Corporations...
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