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Max Planck Encyclopedia of Public International Law [MPEPIL]

United Nations Charter, History of

Jean-Pierre Cot

From: Oxford Public International Law (http://opil.ouplaw.com). (c) Oxford University Press, 2015. All Rights Reserved.date: 15 December 2019

Since World War II — UN Charter

Published under the auspices of the Max Planck Foundation for International Peace and the Rule of Law under the direction of Rüdiger Wolfrum.

1 Oscar Schachter presented a paper to the American Society of International Law in 1995 on ‘The Charter’s Origins in Today’s Perspective’. I will follow that perspective in the present entry.2 There is a wealth of material on the negotiations that led to the signing of the United Nations Charter. The 22 volume United Nations Conference on International Organization is the starting point. National archives are now accessible in most countries on the subject and the main personalities involved in the process have left memoirs. One of the principal actors, Leo...
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