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Alexander Orakhelashvili

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199579846

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199579846.001.0001

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Collective Security Institutions

Collective Security Institutions

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Collective Security

Alexander Orakhelashvili (Contributor Webpage)

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This chapter examines the institutional powers of the United Nations and of regional organizations to tackle international and internal crises. In relation to the UN, the principal focus is on the Security Council, General Assembly, and the International Court. A major issue is the essential nature of the Security Council and its relationship to traditional means of dispute settlement under Chapter VI of the UN Charter. Particular emphasis is given to the nature and types of decisions of the Security Council, their binding force, and interpretation and the legal basis on which UN organs can exercise their powers, whether or not expressly provided for in the Charter. The relationship between the three principal organs raises important questions of interpretation of the Charter. After this, Chapter 2 examines various regional security institutions, their evolution and the scope of their powers to address major security crises, sometimes beyond the area of their membership.

Keywords:   Security Council, United Nations, General Assembly, International Court, dispute settlement, security institutions

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