two ConCePts oF InternatIonal organIzatIon j aN K labberS I There is something of a debate going on about international organizations, with many (politicians as well as academics) aiming to think of ways to curtail the activities of those creatures. 1 And small wonder, with UN peacekeepers being routinely accused of involvement in sexual abuse and other violations of human rights; 2 with the Security Council being regarded as the vehicle for US grudges and priorities; 3 with the World Bank and the IMF being seen to somehow affect human rights; 4 with the WTO being viewed as the handmaiden of global capitalism; 5 and with the EU’s reluctance to take human rights and democracy seriously. 6 Professor of International Organizations Law, University of Helsinki. This is an expanded version of my inaugural lecture, delivered on 25 May 2005. 1 See generally Jan Klabbers, “Introduction”, in Jan Klabbers (ed.), International Organisations (Aldershot, Ashgate, The Library of Essays in International Law, 2005, forthcoming). 2 See, e.g., Frédéric Mégret & Florian Hoffmann, “The UN as a Human Rights Violator? Some Reflections on the United Nations Changing Human Rights Responsibilities”, 25 Human Rights Quarterly (2003) 314-342. Some of the underlying philosophical
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