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Max Planck Encyclopedia of Public International Law [MPEPIL]


Bardo Fassbender

From: Oxford Public International Law (http://opil.ouplaw.com). (c) Oxford University Press, 2015. All Rights Reserved.date: 04 August 2020

International organizations, practice and procedure

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

1 The veto (Latin, ‘I forbid’, ‘I do not allow’) generally denotes the legal power of the holder of an office, or of a legal person or organ, to prevent a certain decision from being taken, or a legal act from entering into force. One distinguishes a ‘suspensive veto’, which loses its force after a certain amount of time or because it was overruled (especially by the organ which first had taken the decision), from an ‘absolute veto’ which definitively impedes the decision or act. In present international law, the practically most important manifestation of the...
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