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Max Planck Encyclopedia of Public International Law [MPEPIL]

Non-Governmental Organizations

Stephan Hobe

From: Oxford Public International Law (http://opil.ouplaw.com). (c) Oxford University Press, 2021. All Rights Reserved.date: 24 January 2021

NGOs (Non-Governmental 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 In today’s international relations non-governmental organizations (‘NGOs’) play a very important role. They affect the international system by monitoring State performance or advocating new policy agendas. The work of NGOs focuses on a variety of fields, eg religion, culture, human rights, development, sports, and the environment (see also Environment, Role of Non-Governmental Organizations; Human Rights, Role of Non-Governmental Organizations). Their activities have also found a prominent place in the United Nations (UN) system. 2 According to the Organization...
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