The Economic Structure of the Law of International Organizations

27 Pages Posted: 28 Jan 2014

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Joel P. Trachtman

Tufts University - The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy

Date Written: January 26, 2014

Abstract

The essence of an international organization is the delegation of decision-making authority from individual states to the organization, which represents the collectivity of member states. The focus of this article is on the formal structure and function of international organizations, as distinct from international law per se. This article evaluates the reasons for creation of international organizations, as well as the reasons why particular structures of international organizations are utilized. It evaluates the relationship among assignment of subject matter authority, legislative capacity, adjudicative capacity, enforcement capacity, and membership. It examines how these features correspond to particular contexts of international cooperation.

Keywords: international organizations, international law, economic analysis of law, functionalism, legislation, adjudication, enforcement

JEL Classification: K33, L22

Suggested Citation

Trachtman, Joel P., The Economic Structure of the Law of International Organizations (January 26, 2014). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2385751 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2385751

Joel P. Trachtman (Contact Author)

Tufts University - The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy ( email )

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