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Max Planck Encyclopedia of Public International Law [MPEPIL]

International Organizations or Institutions, General Aspects

Kirsten Schmalenbach

From: Oxford Public International Law (http://opil.ouplaw.com). (c) Oxford University Press, 2021. All Rights Reserved.date: 28 February 2021

Subject(s):
Acts of international organizations — Regional 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 The notion of ‘international organization’ emerged from treatises of the late 19th century, mainly in purpose of organizing the international political order. This goal could be achieved through conferences, transboundary associations of a private or public nature or similar formal and informal alliances. The Statute of the Permanent Court of International Justice (PCIJ) (‘PCIJ Statute’) (see Art. 67 PCIJ Statute) leveraged the term ‘international organization’ as a technical term denoting international entities such as the International Labour Office...
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