Why International Organizations are Accountable to You

15 Pages Posted: 7 Nov 2018

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Eyal Benvenisti

University of Cambridge - Lauterpacht Centre for International Law

Date Written: November 1, 2018

Abstract

The aim of this essay is to identify a legal basis for accountability obligations of international organizations (IOs) toward individuals affected by their policies. More specifically, I ask why should, for example, the European Union or the World Trade Organization be accountable to individuals who are not citizens of states parties to those organizations, but nevertheless may be affected by their policies. I explore three traditional foundations for accountability obligations under domestic law as potential grounds for such accountability obligation: the rule of law, human rights, and trusteeship. After rejecting the first two candidates, the essay offers the trusteeship concept as one that can and should serve as the normative bedrock for the emergence of administrative law at the global level. I also argue that this concept is already ingrained in the law that is incumbent upon IOs.

Keywords: International Law, International Organizations, Rule of Law, Human Rights, Trusteeship

JEL Classification: K33

Suggested Citation

Benvenisti, Eyal, Why International Organizations are Accountable to You (November 1, 2018). University of Cambridge Faculty of Law Research Paper No. 68/2018. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3280215 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3280215

Eyal Benvenisti (Contact Author)

University of Cambridge - Lauterpacht Centre for International Law ( email )

10 West Road
Cambridge, CB3 9DZ
United Kingdom

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