Why International Organizations are Accountable to You
Resolving Conflicts in the Law, Essays in Honour of Lea Brilmayer
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Benvenisti, E. (2019). Why International Organizations are Accountable to You. Brill, Resolving Conflicts in the Law, Essays in Honour of Lea Brilmayer. [Book chapter]. https://doi.org/10.1163/9789004316539_012
The aim of this essay is to identify a legal basis for accountability obligations of international organizations (IOs) toward individuals affected by their policies. More specifically, I ask why should, for example, the European Union or the World Trade Organization be accountable to individuals who are not citizens of states parties to those organizations, but nevertheless may be affected by their policies. I explore three traditional foundations for accountability obligations under domestic law as potential grounds for such accountability obligation: the rule of law, human rights, and trusteeship. After rejecting the first two candidates, the essay offers the trusteeship concept as one that can and should serve as the normative bedrock for the emergence of administrative law at the global level. I also argue that this concept is already ingrained in the law that is incumbent upon IOs.
International Law, International Organisations, Rule of Law
External DOI: https://doi.org/10.1163/9789004316539_012
This record's DOI: https://doi.org/10.17863/CAM.71789