The Changing Role of the UN General Assembly
International Bar Notes, The International Bar Association, Summer 2011
6 Pages Posted: 3 Nov 2012
Date Written: October 31, 2012
The identity and role of the United Nations General Assembly has changed, and is continuing to change, due to conflicting preferences in governmental structures, unequal wealth distribution, ideological debates of societal values and concerns over human rights and democracy. These ideological changes are in part due to the evolving membership of General Assembly that has changed drastically over the years. This article describes some of these changes and then comments on how they have influenced the Assembly’s legal functions and structure.
Keywords: United Nations, UN General Assembly, UN role, UN composition
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