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The Oxford Handbook of International Organizations Edited by Jacob Katz Cogan, Ian Hurd, and Ian Johnstone
The Oxford Handbook of International Organizations Edited by Jacob Katz Cogan, Ian Hurd, and Ian Johnstone

The Oxford Handbook of International Organizations

The Oxford Handbook of International Organizations Edited by Jacob Katz Cogan, Ian Hurd, and Ian Johnstone
The Oxford Handbook of International Organizations
Edited by Jacob Katz Cogan, Ian Hurd, and Ian Johnstone

The Oxford Handbook of International Organizations


Published: 17 November 2016

1,344 Pages


ISBN: 9780199672202

Virtually every important question of public policy today involves an international organization. From trade to intellectual property to health policy and beyond, governments interact with international organizations in almost everything they do. Increasingly, individual citizens are directly affected by the work of international organizations.

Aimed at academics, students, practitioners, and lawyers, this book gives a comprehensive overview of the world of international organizations today. It emphasizes both the practical aspects of their organization and operation, and the conceptual issues that arise at the junctures between nation-states and international authority, and between law and politics. While the focus is on inter-governmental organizations, the book also encompasses non-governmental organizations and public policy networks.

With essays by the leading scholars and practitioners, the book first considers the main international organizations and the kinds of problems they address. This includes chapters on the organizations that relate to trade, humanitarian aid, peace operations, and more, as well as chapters on the history of international organizations.

The book then looks at the constituent parts and internal functioning of international organizations. This addresses the internal management of the organization, and includes chapters on the distribution of decision-making power within the organizations, the structure of their assemblies, the role of Secretaries-General and other heads, budgets and finance, and other elements of complex bureaucracies at the international level. This book is essential reading for scholars, practitioners, and students alike.

Table of Contents

I. Introduction
1.: International Organizations in World Politics, Jon Pevehouse and Inken von Borzyskowski
2.: International Organizations and International Law, Anne Peters
3.: The Law and Politics of International Organizations, Jeffrey Dunoff
II. History
4.: International Organizations, 1865-1945, Madeleine Herren
5.: International Organizations, 1945-Present, B.S. Chimni
III. Forms of Organization
6.: Formal Inter-Governmental Organizations, Jan Klabbers
7.: Supranational Organizations, Peter Lindseth
8.: Private Transnational Governance, Walter Mattli
IV. Activities of Organizations
9.: Peace Operations, Lise Morjé Howard and Anjali Dayal
10.: Counter-Terrorism and Transnational Crime, James Cockayne
11.: Non-Proliferation and Disarmament, Waheguru Pal Singh Sidhu
12.: Human Rights, Dinah Shelton
13.: Criminal Justice, David J. Scheffer
14.: Humanitarian Action, Thomas G. Weiss
15.: Refugees and Internally Displaced Persons, Gil Loescher
16.: Trade, Joel Trachtman
17.: International Finance, Manuela Moschella
18.: Economic Relations and Integration, Frank Schimmelfennig
19.: Development, David M. Malone and Rohinton P. Medhora
20.: Environment, David A. Wirth
21.: Health, Gian Luca Burci and Andrew Cassels
22.: Labour, Brian Langille
23.: Religion, Helge Arsheim
24.: Democracy Promotion, Ian Johnstone and Michael Snyder
25.: Communications and the Internet, Milton Mueller
V. The Functions of International Organizations
26.: Lawmaking, Nigel D. White
27.: Monitoring Processes, Timm Betz and Barbara Koremenos
28.: Sanctions, Jeremy Farrall
29.: Use of Force, Marc Weller
30.: Dispute Settlement, John R. Crook
31.: Information Gathering, Analysis, and Dissemination, Jean-Marc Coicaud and David Le Blanc
VI. Relationships of International Organizations with Other Actors
32.: Relationships of International Organizations with Other Actors, Laurence Boisson de Chazournes
33.: Relations with Civil Society, Jan Aart Scholte
34.: Relations with the Private Sector, George Kell
VII. Structure and Operations
35.: General Assemblies and Assemblies of States Parties, Margaret P. Karns
36.: Parliaments, Bjørn Høyland
37.: Executive Boards and Councils, Ramses A. Wessel
38.: Executive Heads, Simon Chesterman
39.: Secretariats, Touko Piiparinen
40.: High-Level Panels, Ramesh Thakur
41.: International Adjudicative Bodies, Chiara Giorgetti
42.: Financing and Budgets, Jacob Katz Cogan
43.: Organizational Culture, Stephen C. Nelson and Catherine Weaver
VIII. International Institutional Law
44.: Constituent Instruments, Niels Blokker
45.: Membership and Representation, Stephen Mathias and Stadler Trengove
46.: Legal Capacity and Powers, Dan Sarooshi
47.: Assessing the Legality of Decisions, Jan Wouters and Jed Odermatt
48.: Responsibility, Pierre Klein
49.: Privileges and Immunities, August Reinisch
50.: The Law of the International Civil Service, Santiago Villalpando
51.: International Administrative Tribunals, Santiago Villalpando
IX. Principles of Governance
52.: Legitimacy, Dominik Zaum
53.: Participation, Patrizia Nanz and Klaus Dingwerth
54.: Accountability, Mathias Koenig-Archibugi
55.: Transparency, Jonas Tallberg


Author Information

Edited by Jacob Katz Cogan, Judge Joseph P. Kinneary Professor of Law, University of Cincinnati College of Law, Ian Hurd, Associate Professor of Political Science, Northwestern University, and Ian Johnstone, Academic Dean and Professor of International Law, Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University

Jacob Katz Cogan is Professor of Law at the University of Cincinnati College of Law. He previously worked in the Office of the Legal Adviser of the U.S. Department of State, including as attorney-adviser to the Department’s Bureau of International Organization Affairs.

Ian Hurd is Associate Professor of Political Science at Northwestern University.

Ian Johnstone is Professor of International Law at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University. He previously worked in the Executive Office of the Secretary General of the United Nations, as well as the Department of Peacekeeping Operations and Office of Legal Affairs.


Helge Arsheim – University of Oslo
Timm Betz – University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
Niels Blokker – Leiden Law School
Laurence Boisson de Chazournes – University of Geneva
Inken von Borzyskowski – Florida State University
Gian Luca Burci – Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies
Andrew Cassels – Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies
Simon Chesterman – National University of Singapore
B.S. Chimni – Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi
James Cockayne – United Nations University
Jacob Katz Cogan – University of Cincinnati Jean-Marc Coicaud – Rutgers School of Law, Newark
John Crook – George Washington University School of Law
Anjali Dayal – Fordham University
Klaus Dingwerth – University of St. Gallen
Jeffrey Dunoff – Temple University
Jeremy Farrall – Australian National University
Chiara Giorgetti – University of Richmond
Madeleine Herren – University of Basel
Lise Morjé Howard – Georgetown University
Bjørn Høyland – University of Oslo
Ian Hurd – Northwestern University
Ian Johnstone – Tufts University
Margaret P. Karns – University of Dayton
Georg Kell – United Nations
Jan Klabbers – University of Helsinki
Pierre Klein – Free University of Brussels (ULB)
Mathias Koenig-Archibugi – London School of Economics
Barbara Koremenos – University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
Brian Langille – University of Toronto
David Le Blanc – United Nations
Peter Lindseth – University of Connecticut
Gil Loescher – University of Oxford
David M. Malone – United Nations University
Stephen Mathias – United Nations
Walter Mattli – University of Oxford
Rohinton P. Medhora – Centre for International Governance Innovation
Manuela Moschella – Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa
Milton Mueller – Georgia Institute of Technology
Patrizia Nanz – University of Bremen
Stephen C. Nelson – Northwestern University
Jed Odermatt – University of Leuven
Anne Peters – Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law
Jon Pevehouse – University of Wisconsin-Madison
Touko Piiparinen – University of Helsinki
August Reinisch – University of Vienna
Dan Sarooshi – University of Oxford
David J. Scheffer – Northwestern University
Frank Schimmelfennig – Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH), Zurich
Jan Aart Scholte – University of Gothenburg
Dinah Shelton – George Washington University
Waheguru Pal Singh Sidhu – Brookings Institution
Michael R. Snyder – International Peace Institute
Jonas Tallberg – Stockholm University
Ramesh Thakur – Australian National University
Joel Trachtman – Tufts University
Stadler Trengove – United Nations
Santiago Villalpando – United Nations
Catherine Weaver – University of Texas
Thomas G. Weiss – City University of New York
Marc Weller – University of Cambridge
Ramses A. Wessel – University of Twente
Nigel White – University of Nottingham
David Wirth – Boston College
Jan Wouters – University of Leuven
Dominik Zaum – University of Reading

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