Max Planck Encyclopedia of Public International Law, Rüdiger Wolfrum, ed., Oxford University Press, 2009
9 Pages Posted: 22 Sep 2015
Date Written: April 02, 2009
Non-State Actors have taken on increasingly important roles in international relations. This encyclopedia entry analyzes the concept of non-state actors, a superordinate concept that encompasses individuals as well as international organizations, corporations, non-governmental organizations, de facto regimes, trade associations, transnational corporations, terrorist groups and transnational criminal organizations.
It then traces the historical evolution of the concept, describes the role of non-state actors in the negotiation and codification of international law, as well as in international litigation. Finally, the entry covers non-state actors and their capacity on peace and security matters.
Keywords: non-state actors, international organizations, NGOs, international codification, international litigation, terrorist groups
JEL Classification: K33
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