Transparency in the Security Council
TRANSPARENCY IN INTERNATIONAL LAW, pp. 367-391, Andrea Bianchi and Anne Peters, eds, Cambridge University Press, 2013
18 Pages Posted: 21 Jun 2012 Last revised: 18 Jul 2013
Date Written: June 21, 2012
This paper discusses transparency in the working method of the United Nations Security Council. It describes the institutional design of the organ and the evolution of Security Council powers, and seeks to identify whether there is an obligation for the Council to act in a transparent manner in the exercise of its powers. The paper argues that transparency is an 'ancillary' obligation incumbent on the Council, to allow for decentralised control over the exercise of its powers by Member States of the UN. Transparency having no independent normative charge, we do not how much of it is good -- this is determined by a pattern of protest and reaction between the Security Council and the Member States called upon to implement its decisions.
Keywords: United Nations, Security Council, sanctions, transparency, working methods of the Security Council, disobedience, access to information, United Nations Charter, United Nations law
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