Legal Limits to United Nations Security Council Powers

Susan Lamb

in The Reality of International Law

Published in print October 1999 | ISBN: 9780198268376
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191683510 | DOI:
Legal Limits to United Nations Security Council Powers

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This chapter discusses the legal limits to the powers of the United Nations (UN) Security Council. It explains that the scope of the powers that subsidiary organs created by the Security Council under Chapter VII may exercise and the precise role of international judicial bodies in defining these limits are all at the frontiers of contemporary international law. It suggests that the Council's open-textured and discretionary powers could be inherently subject to abuse, which could have profound consequences for the fundamental rights of states and individuals.

Keywords: United Nations; legal authority; Security Council; judicial bodies; discretionary powers; international law

Chapter.  15102 words. 

Subjects: Public International Law

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