International Officials

63 Pages Posted: 1 Aug 2010

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Matthew Parish

British Institute of International and Comparative Law

Date Written: December 12, 2009


This article reviews a series of recent international legal regimes in post-conflict countries that conferred upon international officials executive authorities to override countries’ domestic institutions. The focus is on the regimes in the Balkans (Bosnia and Kosovo) but Cambodia, East Timor and Iraq are also considered. The levels of probity and wisdom with which such powers have been exercised are very mixed. The model these offices have followed is one of military government, by its nature absolutist, and so far these powers have not been subject to effective check or review. This has undermined international law, as civil rights are eroded or international mandates spin out of control. The article concludes with tentative suggestions for a review mechanism of the decisions of such officials.

Keywords: International Law, International Territorial Adminstration, State Building

JEL Classification: K33

Suggested Citation

Parish, Matthew, International Officials (December 12, 2009). Austrian Review of International and European Law, Vol. 13, 2009. Available at SSRN:

Matthew Parish (Contact Author)

British Institute of International and Comparative Law ( email )

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17 Russell Square
London WC1B 5JP
United Kingdom

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