This paper maps out how (international) legal concepts and norms were employed during the inter-institutional struggle between the United Nations (UN) and the World Bank (Bank) in the era of decolonization. The first contribution of the paper is historiographical. Drawing on material from the Bank’s (oral) archives, the paper gives an original account of the ways in which the organization bypassed the ‘universalist’ aspirations that were gaining a foothold in the UN’s democratic bodies. Secondly...
Arguing that the realization of the function for which they have been created must take precedence over all other considerations, international organisations have tended to present the realization of that function as essential to protecting universal interests. In doing so, they have however contributed to weakening human rights standards. This contribution explores the reasons of that idiosyncratic reluctance to human rights.
As you may already know, IG-IO will convene an Agora on the topic of International Organisations and the Dream of Universality at the 14th Annual Conference of the European Society of International Law. This will be Agora 9 on Friday 14th September 2018 from 13:30 to 15:00. This post describes the Agora and provides the abstracts of the presentations.
The IG-IO will organize a pre-conference event at the occasion of the 2018 ESIL Annual Conference, consisting of a workshop on "Case Studies on International Organisations and Universality", and of the IG-IO annual meeting. Manchester UK - September 13 - 9:00 to 10:30am. Continue reading for more information. All invited!
The Amsterdam Center for International Law, University of Amsterdam is organising a workshop on the topic Specially-Affected States & International Law on 5 June 2018 (continue reading for more details)