Nordic Journal of International Law 70: 287–317, 2001. © 2001 Kluwer Law International. Printed in the Netherlands. 287 The Life and Times of the Law of International Organizations JAN KLABBERS Erik Castrén Institute of International Law and Human Rights, Helsinki Abstract. The author analyzes the development of the law of international organizations through the case-law of the World Court and doctrinal writings, and distinguishes three stages. In the first stage (roughly, the interbellum), the law was mainly concerned with trying to come to terms with the new phenomenon of international organizations. In the second stage (peaking in the 1950s and 1960s), the law was predominantly concerned with solving practical prob- lems. In the present third stage, however, conscious attempts are being made to conceptualize and to place organizations in a larger normative perspective. The author concludes that this is a felicitous development. I It would seem that international organizations are becoming increasingly in- teresting as topics for academic study, and that together with the study of international organization (or global governance, to use a more fashionable term), the study of the law of international organizations too is increasingly recognized as a discipline worth engaging in. This is largely
Nordic Journal of International Law – Brill
Published: Jan 1, 2001
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