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Max Planck Encyclopedia of Public International Law [MPEPIL]

International Organizations or Institutions, Succession

Kirsten Schmalenbach

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

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). 

1Succession of one international organization by another is commonly defined as a transfer of functions from that organization to the other. In comparison, the succession of States denotes the replacement of one State by another in respect of sovereignty over a given territory (see also State Succession in Other Matters than Treaties; State Succession in Treaties). The definitions reveal the major difference between these two types of succession: the succession of organizations is functional in nature, whereas the succession of States is linked to territory. State...
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