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According to the Yearbook of International Organizations, there are over 61,000 international organizations (intergovernmental organizations (IGOs), nongovernmental organizations (NGOs), and other bodies). Some organizations, like the United Nations and the European Union (EU), play a major role in international law, so these organizations are covered in greater detail. This chapter focuses on the United Nations, the EU, the African Union (AU), the Council of Europe (COE), the Organization of American States (OAS), and the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE). The United Nations is the most well-known and the largest intergovernmental organizations (IGOs). The primary source of EU law is the set of treaties that establish the European Union and its powers. The chapter discusses a few other IGOs, describes their documentation, and suggests tools and strategies for research on them.

Keywords: African Union (AU); Council of Europe (COE); European Union (EU); international organizations; Organization of American States (OAS); OSCE; United Nations



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