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Max Planck Encyclopedia of Public International Law [MPEPIL]

International Organizations or Institutions, Regional Groups

Mathias Forteau

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

Subject(s):
Development — Regional organizations

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 development of State groups within international organizations is clearly apparent since 1945 (International Organizations or Institutions, History of). The reasons are twofold. First, international society’s heterogeneity inevitably leads States sharing the same political values or the same interests to come together in order to have more weight in defending their positions. From that perspective, groups can be seen as a way for States to protect, reassert, claim and/or give effect to politically or geographically limited solidarity within the international...
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