Law and Practice of the United Nations (Introduction)
Simon Chesterman, Thomas M. Franck, David M. Malone, LAW AND PRACTICE OF THE UNITED NATIONS, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2008
14 Pages Posted: 2 Oct 2008
A unique new course book demonstrating the interaction of law and politics in United Nations practice.
Law and Practice of the United Nations: Documents and Commentary presents primary materials with expert commentary, demonstrating the interaction between law and practice in the UN organization, and also discusses the possibilities and limitations of multilateral institutions in general. Each chapter begins with a short introductory essay by the authors that describes how the documents that follow illustrate a set of legal, institutional, and political issues relevant to the practice of diplomacy and the development of public international law through the United Nations.
By emphasizing primary materials, the authors enable students to form a realistic idea of the work of international diplomacy, as the negotiation and interpretation of such texts is an important part of what actually takes place at the United Nations and other international organizations. The text presents a wide variety of documents, each of which must be read differently: treaties and resolutions based on political compromises, judicial opinions that are based on legal reasoning, policy documents intended to justify specific actions, and advocacy intended to pursue a national or other interest. Students will develop the ability to read these documents critically, parsing not only the meaning but the politics behind them.
Law and Practice of the United Nations is ideal for courses on the United Nations or International Organizations, taught in both Law and International Relations programs.
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