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Participation Of Un Member States In The Work Of The Organization: A Multicultural Alternative To Present-Day Regionalism?

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Every Member State of the United Nations has the right to participate in the work of the organization - a right automatically conferred by membership of the UN. This chapter discusses whether the UN Charter or general principles offer any guidance on the question of how non-plenary political UN organs should be constituted, before examining the regional group system and offering a critique of present-day regionalism. It focuses mainly on the election of the 10 non-permanent members of the Security Council and the members of the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), as examples of non-plenary principal organs, and the election of members of the Commission on Human Rights (CHR), the Human Rights Council (HRC) since 2006, and the International Law Commission (ILC), as examples of non-plenary subsidiary organs. The chapter concludes by identifying criteria for a more multicultural alternative to the present system.

Keywords: Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC); Human Rights Council (HRC); International Law Commission (ILC); Member State; present-day regionalism; Security Council; United Nations (UN)



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