Responsibility as a Form of Accountability and the UN Legal Order

Antonios Tzanakopoulos

in Disobeying the Security Council

Published in print January 2011 | ISBN: 9780199600762
Published online May 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191725210 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Monographs in International Law

Responsibility as a Form of Accountability and the UN Legal Order

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In introducing the book, this chapter discusses whether it is meaningful to study the question of ‘accountability’ of international organizations in general, and of the United Nations Security Council in particular. It argues that the term ‘accountability’ is too open-ended, and that too many different forms of accountability exist (political, legal, reputational, financial, etc.) for the term to be used without further clarification. The chapter then seeks to determine whether any of the forms of accountability presented can effectively be implemented with respect to Security Council action. It concludes that the focus needs to be on responsibility, i.e., on the legal form of accountability, and sets the scene for the discussion of the international responsibility of the United Nations for Security Council action that will follow.

Keywords: responsibility; accountability; political accountability; legal accountability; reputational accountability; financial accountability

Chapter.  7360 words. 

Subjects: Public International Law

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