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Improving Decizion-making in the Un Security Council

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This chapter concentrates on the basic political and legal dynamics of decision-making on the Security Council. The Security Council is a part of the United Nations and is based on a treaty, the Charter of the United Nations. The Charter gave the Council the "primary responsibility for the maintenance of international peace and security", the power to make binding decisions, and to carry out enforcement actions in cases of threats to peace, breaches of peace and acts of aggression. The Security Council needs to act in a consistent manner and avoid the impression of applying double standards. This may require the Security Council itself to adopt general guidelines for future action, such as when to intervene in man-made humanitarian disasters.

Keywords: decision-making; international law; UN charter; UN Security Council



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