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Judge Antonio Augusto Cançado Trindade

Judge A. A. Cançado Trindade
International Court of Justice
Former President
Inter-American Court of Human Rights

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International Organizations
The Law of International Institutions
For more than six decades, the law of international institutions has clarified legal issues common to all international organizations, such as international legal personality, treaty-making power, delimitation of competences, structure and functioning, privileges and immunities, decision-making process, classification and effects of resolutions, control of legality, and international responsibility. Nowadays the law of international institutions draws attention to the extent of operation of international organizations to all areas of human activity and to their contribution to the development of international law.

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International Organizations
The Law of International Institutions
A. Legal Instruments
Covenant of the League of Nations, League of Nations, Official Journal, 1st year, No. 1, February 1920, p. 3.

Charter of the United Nations and Statute of the International Court of Justice, San Francisco, 26 June 1945.

Convention on the Privileges and Immunities of the United Nations, New York, 13 February 1946, United Nations, Treaty Series, vol. 1, p. 15.

Convention on the Privileges and Immunities of the Specialized Agencies, New York, 21 November 1947, United Nations, Treaty Series, vol. 33, p. 261.

Universal Declaration on Human Rights, Paris, 10 December 1948.

General Assembly resolution 1386 (XIV) of 20 November 1959 (Declaration of the Rights of the Child).

Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court, Rome, 17 July 1998, United Nations, Treaty Series, vol. 2187, p. 3.

B. Jurisprudence
C. Documents
General Assembly resolution 60/251 of 15 March 2006 (Human Rights Council).

For information on the International Law Commission’s work on the responsibility of international organizations, see:

D. Doctrine
A.A. Cançado Trindade, “International Law for Humankind: Towards a New Jus Gentium - General Course on Public International Law - Part I”, Recueil des Cours de l'Académie de Droit International de la Haye, vol. 316,2005, chapter VIII, pp. 220-251;

A.A. Cançado Trindade, Direito das Organizações Internacionais, 4th edition, Edit. Del Rey, Belo Horizonte/Brazil, 2009.

J. Charpentier, Institutions internationales, 12th edition, Dalloz, Paris, 1995.

B. Conforti, The Law and Practice of the United Nations, Kluwer, The Hague, 1996.

J.A. Pastor Ridruejo, Curso de Derecho Internacional Público y Organizaciones Internacionales, 6th edition, Tecnos, Madrid, 1996.

P. Sands and P. Klein, Bowett’s Law of International Institutions, 5th edition, Sweet and Maxwell, London, 2001.

H.G. Schermers and N.M. Blokker, International Institutional Law, 3rd edition, Martinus Nijhoff Publishers, The Hague, 2001.