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A Twentieth Century Contribution To International Personality: The International Organisation

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The status of international organisations at the international level since the mid-20th century has been discussed by various authors. Some legal organisations were created in this period, but it was late in the nineteenth century that certain organisations which were later to become open international organisations came into existence. Initial questions which arise are whether the concept of personality for international organisations is necessary, and whether such organisations can function without having legal personality at all. Before the Second World War, the PCIJ had assumed, more or less, that international organisations had international personality. The question of real universality or near-universality was also adverted to by the ICJ. In conclusion, it may be said that since the Reparation Case in particular, in the twentieth century it came to be accepted that international or intergovernmental organisations have international legal personality.

Keywords: international organisation; PCIJ; twentieth century



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