The United Nations Charter, the Security Council, and Creativity
Expert report mandated by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Switzerland (2017)
44 Pages Posted: 14 Jun 2017 Last revised: 25 Nov 2018
Date Written: June 13, 2017
How do the members of the United Nations Security Council make use of the United Nations Charter? How much room is there for creativity and when? These are questions all states contemplating a run for Security Council nomination should ask themselves. This article reveals recent practice in the Security Council through a series of interviews conducted at the seat of the United Nations in New York and puts this practice in a historical perspective. The resulting complex picture of the Security Council and its permanent and non-permanent members is of interest to diplomats in New York and national capitals as well as international lawyers more generally.
Keywords: Security Council, Security Council, International Law, Peace, Use of Force, Permanent Members, Non-Permanent Members, Chapter VII, Transparency, Creativity, United Nations, Human Rights, Crimea
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