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Non-Governmental Organisations in International Law (Cambridge Studies in International and Comparative Law)

Non-Governmental Organisations in International Law (Cambridge Studies in International and Comparative Law)

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Anna-Karin Lindblom
Cambridge University Press
Edition: Reprint, 1/3/2013
EAN 9781107412439, ISBN10: 1107412439

Paperback, 586 pages, 22.9 x 15.2 x 3.7 cm
Language: English

Non-governmental organisations (NGOs) play an increasing political role on the international scene, and their position in relation to international law is generally regarded as important but informal. Their actual legal status has not been the subject of much investigation. This 2006 book examines the legal status of NGOs in different fields of international law, with emphasis on human rights law. By means of a thorough examination and systematisation of international legal rules and practices, the rights, obligations, locus standi and consultative status of NGOs are explored. This study is placed within a wider discussion on the representation of groups in the international legal system. Lindblom argues, on the basis of a discourse model of international decision-making, that non-governmental organisation is an important form of public participation that can strengthen the flawed legitimacy of the state-centric system of international law.

1. The main issues and their context
2. Historical and conceptual background
3. International legal theory and non-state actors
4. Rights and obligations
5. Standing before international judicial and quasi-judicial bodies
6. Non-party participation before judicial and quasi-judicial bodies
7. Co-operation with inter-governmental organisations
8. NGO participation in international conferences
9. Agreements with states and inter-governmental organisations
10. Summary and concluding remarks.