Breaking the Silence: Why International Organizations Should Acknowledge Customary International Law Obligations to Provide Effective Remedies
Forthcoming, AIIB Yearbook of International Law ___ (2020)
27 Pages Posted: 19 Feb 2020 Last revised: 18 May 2020
Date Written: February 1, 2020
To date, international organizations have remained largely silent about their obligations under customary international law. This chapter urges international organizations to change course, and to expressly acknowledge customary international law obligations to provide effective remedies. Notably, international organizations’ obligations to afford effective remedies need not precisely mirror States’ obligations to do so. Instead, international organizations may be governed by particular customary international law rules. By publicly acknowledging obligations to afford effective remedies, international organizations can influence the development of such particular rules. In addition, by acknowledging obligations to afford effective remedies — and by actually providing effective remedies — international organizations can rebut arguments that they are above the law, and can help to retain support for their immunities.
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