chapter  3
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A Flat Earth? International Organizations in the System of International Law

ByCatherine Brölmann

The author analyzes why it is that international law has problems accommodating international organizations, and argues that this (partly) finds it cause in the circumstance that organizations are multi-layered entities. Some of the more central doctrines of international law (in particular the law of treaties; to some extent also the law of responsibility) are, however, better suited to deal with unitary entities such as states. In order to overcome such systemic difficulties, the author carefully advocates a reconceptualization of both international organizations and the system of public international law.