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Responsibility of Intergovernmental Organizations

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The legal position of intergovernmental organizations (IGOs) as subjects of public international law inevitably raises questions of their international responsibility, i.e. to what extent IGOs are answerable for their internationally wrongful acts under public international law. It is widely accepted that all legal subjects of international law are in possession of international rights and obligations and that there is a clear link between their legal personality and international responsibility for illegal or wrongful acts. Giorgio Gaja was appointed Special Rapporteur and a working group was established with a view to studying the basic concepts of scope and purpose of such responsibility and to recommend a set of draft articles to the International Law Commission (ILC). The principle of access to a remedy, as applicable to IGOs, is therefore a corollary of the principle of responsibility.

Keywords:intergovernmental organizations (IGOs); international law commission (ILC); international personality; international responsibility; public international law

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