The third edition of this market-leading textbook (previously called An Introduction to International Institutional Law) is written in a clear, three-part structure. It is centred on the dynamics of the relationships between international organisations and their organs, staff, and the outside world. It discusses the essential topics of the law of international organisations, including powers, finances, and privileges and immunities, as well as membership rules, institutional structures, and accountability. The newly revised text has been updated extensively to reflect the entry into force of the EU's Lisbon Treaty (and Croatia's accession) and new articles on the responsibility of international organisations. The chapters have also been reorganised for further clarity. Two new chapters, on the international civil service and the relations between organisations and other institutions, respectively, have been added.
Jan Klabbers has been teaching international law and the law of international organisations for more than two decades and currently holds the Martti Ahtisaari Chair at the University of Helsinki. He has held visiting positions at, amongst others, New York University Law School, the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies (Geneva) and the University of Paris. He has received several awards for excellence in teaching, and the first two editions of this book have met with general acclaim.
1. Introduction; 2. The rise of international organisations; Part I. Member States and International Organisations: 3. The legal position of international organisations; 4. International organisations and the law of treaties; 5. Issues of membership; 6. Financing; 7. Privileges and immunities; 8. Legal instruments; 9. Dissolution and succession; Part II. Internal Relations: 10. Institutional structures; 11. The bureaucracy; Part III. External Relations: 12. Treaty-making by international organisations; 13. Organisational liaisons; 14. Issues of responsibility; 15. Concluding remarks.