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This is the conclusion chapter of the book, which reflects on the role of international law in the Council's decisions and its decision-making process. In order to do so, the rule of law and principle of legality were introduced to provide a theoretical framework for analysis of the Council's law and practice. The rule of law and the principle of legality in particular are indeed applicable, based on the nature of criticism expressed about the Security Council, i.e. as issues of (il) legitimacy, which are in essence rule of law issues. As the rule of law is often espoused as a minimum requirement for domestic governance and the relations between states, it is logical to consider the rule of law relevant to international governance. The UN Charter itself sets boundaries for the Council, and because the UN has international legal personality, it has commensurate rights and duties under international law.

Keywords: decision-making process; international governance; international law; principle of legality; rule of law; Security Council; UN charter



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