Immunity of International Organizations in Post-Conflict International Administrations
International Organizations Law Review, Vol. 7, No. 1, pp. 79-119, 2010
27 Pages Posted: 29 Jan 2012
Date Written: January, 27 2012
The role played by international organisations in international law has evolved in the past decades. However, the continued application of an absolute system of immunities to international organisations has often lead to a perception of impunity , in particular when organizations are involved in the administrations of foreign territories. Even though absolute immunity has been described as an ‘anachronism,’ this article argues that international organisation immunity serves a useful and essential purpose. The grant of privileges and immunities to international organisations is indispensable to allow the organisation to effectively and independently carry out its functions. The functional reflections that lie at the basis of the immunities system of international organisations still are extremely pertinent when organisation exercise administrative duties in place of a state. This articles thus claims that there is a need to maintain immunities in order to preserve institutional autonomy, even when the UN has taken up administrative duties in a state or territory, and suggests that instead of proposing a revision or abolition of the system of immunities, the focus should be placed on the establishment of effective alternative mechanisms to assess alleged violations of the international legal obligations of the organisation.
Keywords: Immunity, accountability, international administrations, post-conflict situations, United Nations
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