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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, 2015. All Rights Reserved.date: 28 October 2020

NGOs (Non-Governmental Organizations)

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

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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