Delegations of Powers to International Organizations


in International Organizations and their Exercise of Sovereign Powers

Published in print March 2007 | ISBN: 9780199225774
Published online January 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780191710346 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Monographs in International Law

Delegations of Powers to International Organizations

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This chapter discusses two definitional differences between delegations and transfers. The first is that delegations of powers are revocable by a State; whereas in the case of transfers the conferrals will generally be irrevocable. The second is that in the case of delegations the State retains for itself the right to implement the powers concurrent with, and independent of, the organization's exercise of powers; whereas in the case of transfers the organization has an exclusive competence to implement the conferred powers. The chapter then evaluates the consequences that result in this type of conferrals for the state-organization relationship.

Keywords: delegations; transfers; revocability; State; state-organization relationship

Chapter.  6002 words. 

Subjects: Public International Law

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