Reforming the UN Security Council Membership: The Illusion of Representativeness

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Routledge, 2013 - Law - 322 pages
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This book comprehensively examines the different proposals put forward for reforming the UN Security Council by analysing their objectives and exploring whether the implementation of these proposals would actually create a representative and more effective Security Council. The book places the discussion on reform of Security Council membership in the context of the council’s primary responsibility, which is at the helm of the UN collective security system. The author contends that only a Council that is adequately representative of the UN membership can claim to legitimately act on the members’ behalf. This book offers an inquiry into the Council’s constitutional framework and how far that framework still reflects the expectations and intentions of the founding nations, whilst remaining flexible enough to satisfy today’s, and possibly tomorrow’s, membership. Through the use of policy-oriented jurisprudence and elements of the International Law/International Relations theory this book explores how reform can best be realised.

Reforming the UN Security Council Membershipwill be of particular interest to scholars and students of International Law and International Relations.

 

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Contents

Introduction
1
1 The Security Council at the Helm of Un Collective Security
7
2 The Security Councils Composition and Membership
30
3 Institutional Reform and Its Signifi Cance for the Security Council
56
4 Proposals on Representativeness
85
5 Proposals on Size
111
6 Proposals to Remedy Imbalance
133
7 Membership Criteria Power Prerogatives and Periodic Review
163
8 A Perfect Security Council?
191
9 Concluding Thoughts
219
Notes
238
Further Reading
310
Index
317
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Sabine Hassler is a senior lecturer in law at the University of the West of England. Dr. Hassler's research interests include matters of collective security, issues of corporate governance and corporate social responsibility and non-human personhood rights.

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