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Max Planck Encyclopedia of Public International Law [MPEPIL]

International Organizations or Institutions, Decision-Making Bodies

Niels M Blokker

From: Oxford Public International Law (http://opil.ouplaw.com). (c) Oxford University Press, 2022. All Rights Reserved.date: 08 December 2022

Subject(s):
Responsibility of international organizations — Subsidiary organs of international organizations — 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 There is no model institutional structure for international organizations. In practice, their structures vary widely: some are simple, others are rather complex (eg with many subsidiary organs; with parliamentary and judicial organs). But their institutional structures also have important elements in common. For example, all international organizations need a secretariat (International Organizations or Institutions, Secretariats). In addition, all international organizations need at least one decision-making body. ‘Decision-making body’ is not a notion that is...
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