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The Reality of International LawEssays in Honour of Ian Brownlie$
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Guy S. Goodwin-Gill and Stefan Talmon

Print publication date: 1999

Print ISBN-13: 9780198268376

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198268376.001.0001

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Legal Limits to United Nations Security Council Powers

Legal Limits to United Nations Security Council Powers

(p.361) Chapter 17 Legal Limits to United Nations Security Council Powers
The Reality of International Law

Susan Lamb

Oxford University Press

This chapter discusses the legal limits to the powers of the United Nations (UN) Security Council. It explains that the scope of the powers that subsidiary organs created by the Security Council under Chapter VII may exercise and the precise role of international judicial bodies in defining these limits are all at the frontiers of contemporary international law. It suggests that the Council's open-textured and discretionary powers could be inherently subject to abuse, which could have profound consequences for the fundamental rights of states and individuals.

Keywords:   United Nations, legal authority, Security Council, judicial bodies, discretionary powers, international law

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