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The Concept of an International Organization in International Law

Lorenzo Gasbarri


Despite their exponential growth in number and activities, international law lacks a comprehensive legal concept of an international organization. The book tackles this topic from the perspective of the legal nature of the legal systems developed by international organizations. It is the first comprehensive study of the different concepts under which international organizations’ legal systems are commonly understood: functionalism, constitutionalism, exceptionalism, informalism. It has a threefold purpose: to trace the historical origins of the different concepts of an international organizati ... More

Keywords: international organizations, legal system, functionalism, constitutionalism, informalism, exceptionalism, international responsibility, law of treaties, validity of ultra vires acts, dual legal nature

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2021 Print ISBN-13: 9780192895790
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2021 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780192895790.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Lorenzo Gasbarri, author
Research Fellow in International Law, Bocconi University