The Procedure of the UN Security Council

The Procedure of the UN Security Council

The Procedure of the UN Security Council

The Procedure of the UN Security Council

Synopsis

This is a newly revised and thoroughly updated edition of the definitive book of its kind, widely used by UN practitioners and scholars for over twenty years. Bailey has incorporated the many changes in Council procedure that have occurred since the end of the Cold War. While retaining pertinent historical material from previous editions, the book contains new text, tables, and appendices on a number of key issues.

Excerpt

Much has changed since the second edition of this book went to press in 1987. The end of the Cold War ushered in new possiblilities for international co-operation, and increased recourse to the United Nations. The last decade has seen the Gulf War and a plethora of new and often complex peace-keeping operations, from Bosnia to Rwanda. Such increased demands and associated expectations have placed a spotlight on the role and functioning of the Security Council. Recent years have seen a greater recourse to informal consultations of Council members prior to Council meetings. The search for consensual Council decision-making has led to differences of opinion on both procedural and substantive matters being dealt with largely during such consultations. This has produced calls from nonmembers for greater Council transparency. Other proposals, both from within and outside the United Nations, have advocated reforms to the Council's composition or working methods to ensure its continued effectiveness and legitimacy.

This new edition attempts to reflect the many recent developments in the procedure of the Security Council while faithfully reflecting the considerable continuity that exists with the past. In particular, to illustrate and illuminate aspects of Council procedure, we have used many examples from the UN's early years, since this was the time when many of the original precedents were created. In keeping with the last two editions we have also retained some of the anecdotes that touch on the human side of Council diplomacy. This edition includes new information on the following: the Provisional Rules of Procedure; public and private meetings; consultations and briefings with non-members and troop-contributors; informal consultations and 'Arria formula' meetings; the appointment of the SecretaryGeneral; relationships with the General Assembly, the International Court of Justice, the Trusteeship Council, and the Military Staff Committee; subsidiary organs, including sanctions committees; the veto; Chapter VII resolutions, UN peace-keeping and UN-authorized . . .

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