Non-Governmental Organisations in International Law

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Non-governmental organisations (NGOs) play an increasing political role on the international scene, and their position in relation to international law is generally regarded as important but informal. Their actual legal status has not been the subject of much investigation. This book examines the legal status of NGOs in different fields of international law, with emphasis on human rights law. By means of a thorough examination and systematisation of international legal rules and practices, the rights, obligations, locus standi and consultative status of NGOs are explored. This study is placed within a wider discussion on the representation of groups in the international legal system. Lindblom argues, on the basis of a discourse model of international decision-making, that non-governmental organisation is an important form of public participation that can strengthen the flawed legitimacy of the state-centric system of international law.
 

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Contents

The main issues and their context
3
delimitations
36
Historical and conceptual background
53
legal personality in modern doctrine
74
of international
91
International law and international relations
100
legal status
112
Rights and obligations
121
The procedure
271
Nonparty participation before judicial
300
of Human Rights
350
Cooperation with intergovernmental
366
NonGovernmental Organizations
382
Discrimination against Women
401
Consultative status
415
Participation in international conferences
446

Nonstate rightsholders on
123
Conclusion
133
Organisation rights in international law
139
European Convention
177
Introduction
187
Standing before international judicial
218
Parties to the Framework Convention
460
organisations
487
Summary and concluding remarks
513
Bibliography
527
Interviews
545
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Anna-Karin Lindblom of the Swedish Ministry of Justice is Special Adviser and Head of Group on in human rights issues with the Division for Demoncratic Issues.