Publication Date: 28 August 2018
The Oxford Handbook on the United Nations
- Second edition of the major reference work on the key international organization
- Unprecedented cast of contributors ranging across scholars, analysts, and practitioners
- Provides definitive and comprehensive analysis of the UN
- Essential reading for scholars and practitioners alike
- Cross-disciplinary with key contributions from International Relations, International Law, and History
This Handbook provides in one volume an authoritative and independent treatment of the UN’s seventy-year history, written by an international cast of more than 50 distinguished scholars, analysts, and practitioners. It provides a clear and penetrating examination of the UN’s development since 1945 and the challenges and opportunities now facing the organization. It assesses the implications for the UN of rapid changes in the world – from technological innovation to shifting foreign policy priorities – and the UN’s future place in a changing multilateral landscape. Citations and additional readings contain a wealth of primary and secondary references to the history, politics, and law of the world organization. This key reference also contains appendices of the UN Charter, the Statute of the International Court of Justice, and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
Table of Contents
Foreword by UN Secretary-General António Guterres
Part I: Introduction and Origins
1. The United Nations: Continuity and Change, Thomas G. Weiss and Sam Daws
2. Origins of the United Nations, Justin Morris
Part II: Theoretical Frameworks
3. Political Approaches, Michael Barnett and Martha Finnemore
4. Legal Perspectives, Jose E. Alvarez
5. Evolution in Knowledge and Norms, Leon Gordenker and Christer Jonsson
Part III: Principal Organs
6. General Assembly, M. J. Peterson
7. Security Council, Sebastian von Einsiedel and David Malone
8. Economic and Social Council, Gert Rosenthal
9. Trusteeship Council, Ralph Wilde
10. International Court of Justice, Charlotte Ku
11. Secretariat: Independence and Reform, James O. C. Jonah and Amy Scott Hill
12. Secretary-General, Edward Newman
13. Financing, Jeffrey Laurenti
Part IV: Relationships with Other Actors
14. Bretton Woods Institutions, Ngaire Woods
15. World Trade Organization, Rorden Wilkinson
16. Regional Organizations, Waheguru Pal Singh Sidhu
17. Formal and Informal Groups, Monica Herz
18. Nongovernmental Organizations, Mike Schroeder and Paul Wapner
19. Private Sector, Craig N. Murphy
20. Media, Barbara Crossette
Part V: International Peace and Security
21. Arms Control and Disarmament, Keith Krause
22. Peaceful Settlement of Disputes and Conflict Prevention, Rama Mani and Richard Ponzio
23. Peace Operations, Richard Gowan
24. Sanctions, George A. Lopez
25. Humanitarian Intervention and the Responsibility to Protect, Ramesh Thakur
26. Peacebuilding, Roland Paris
27. Terrorism, Jane Boulden
28. Crime and Criminal Justice, Peter Romaniuk
29. Cyber Threats, Lucas Kello
Part VI: Human Rights
30. Human Rights: Norms and Machinery, Natalie Samarasinghe
31. International Criminal Court and Ad Hoc Tribunals, Richard Goldstone
32. Humanitarian Action and Coordination, Jeff Crisp
33. Women’s Rights and Gender Integration, Charlotte Bunch
34. Minorities and Indigenous Peoples, Maivan Clech Lam
35. Human Security, Christopher K. Penny
Part VII: Development
36. UN Development System, Jacques Fomerand and Dennis Dijkzeul
37. Health and Infectious Disease, Gian Luca Burci
38. Global Resource Management, Nico Schrijver
39. Climate Change, Maria Ivanova
40. Democracy and Good Governance, W. Andy Knight
41. Human Development, Richard Jolly
42. Sustainable Development Goals, Sakiko Fukuda-Parr
Part VIII: Looking to the Future
43. Multilateralism and the Changing World Order, Amitav Acharya
44. Prospects for UN Renovation and Reform, Edward C. Luck
45. The UN’s Role in a Changing Global Landscape, Michele Griffin
Suggested Further Reading
The UN System at a Glance
The Charter of the United Nations
Statute of the International Court of Justice
Universal Declaration of Human Rights
Personal Name Index
Thomas G. Weiss is Presidential Professor of Political Science at The CUNY Graduate Center and Director Emeritus of the Ralph Bunche Institute for International Studies. He was the 2016 Andrew Carnegie Fellow and past president of the International Studies Association and recipient of its ‘2016 Distinguished IO Scholar Award’, chair of the Academic Council on the UN System, editor of Global Governance, and Research Director of the International Commission on Intervention and State Sovereignty, he has authored or edited some 55 books and written 250 articles and book chapters about international peace and security, humanitarian action, and sustainable development.
Sam Daws is Director of the Project on UN Governance and Reform, in the Centre for International Studies, DPIR, at the University of Oxford, and directs the international political consultancy, 3D Strategy. He has spent thirty years in UN-related roles, including as Deputy Director (United Nations, Prime Minister’s Post-2015 Development Team) in the UK Cabinet Office; Senior Principal Research Analyst, Multilateral Policy Directorate, FCO; First Officer in the Executive Office of UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan; Executive Director, UNA-UK; Senior Advisor and UK Representative, UN Foundation; and as Visiting Fellow, International Law at Cambridge University. He has co-authored or edited fourteen books on the United Nations.
Amitav Acharya, American University.
Jose E. Alvarez, New York University Law School.
Michael Barnett, George Washington University.
Jane Boulden, Royal Military College of Canada.
Charlotte Bunch, Rutgers University.
Gian Luca Burci, Geneva Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies.
Jeff Crisp, Chatham House and University of Oxford.
Barbara Crossette, UN correspondent of The Nation.
Sam Daws, University of Oxford.
Dennis Dijkzeul, Ruhr University.
Martha Finnemore, George Washington University.
Jacques Fomerand, Occidental College.
Sakiko Fukuda-Parr, The New School.
Richard J. Goldstone, St. John’s College, Cambridge.
Leon Gordenker, Princeton University.
Richard Gowan, Columbia University.
Michele Griffin, senior policy advisor to UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres.
Monica Herz, Institute of International Relations, Rio de Janeiro.
Amy Scott Hill, UN Office to the African Union.
Maria Ivanova, University of Massachusetts.
Richard Jolly, University of Sussex.
James Jonah, CUNY Graduate Center.
Christer Jonsson, Lund University.
Lucas Kello, University of Oxford.
W. Andy Knight, University of Alberta.
Keith Krause, Geneva Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies.
Charlotte Ku, Texas A&M University.
Maivan Clech Lam, CUNY Graduate Center.
Jeffrey Laurenti, The Century Foundation.
George A. Lopez, University of Notre Dame.
Edward C. Luck, Columbia University.
Peter Romaniuk, The City University of New York.
David M. Malone, UN University and Under-Secretary-General of the UN.
Rama Mani, University of Oxford.
Justin Morris, University of Hull.
Craig N. Murphy, Wellesley College.
Edward Newman, University of Leeds.
Roland Paris, University of Ottawa.
Christopher K. Penny, Carleton University.
M.J. Peterson, University of Massachusetts Amherst.
Richard Ponzio, Stimson Center.
Gert Rosenthal, diplomat for Guatemala.
Natalie Samarasinghe, United Nations Association-UK (UNA-UK).
Nico J. Schrijver, Leiden University.
Mike Schroeder, American University.
Waheguru Pal Singh Sidhu, New York University.
Ramesh Thakur, Australian National University.
Sebastian von Einsiedel, UN University.
Paul Wapner, American University.
Thomas G. Weiss, The City University of New York.
Ralph Wilde, University College London.
Rorden Wilkinson, University of Sussex.
Ngaire Woods, University of Oxford.