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Can elected members make a difference in the UN Security Council? Australia's Experience in 20132014


Langmore, J and Farrall, J, Can elected members make a difference in the UN Security Council? Australia's Experience in 2013-2014, Global Governance, 22, (1) pp. 59-77. ISSN 1075-2846 (2016) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1163/19426720-02201005


The UN Charter gives the Security Council the extraordinary function of being responsible for international peace and security. Although the Permanent Five members are disproportionately powerful, there is nevertheless scope for elected members to influence the Council's decision-making processes during their short two-year terms. This article uses Australia's membership in 2013 and 2014 as a case study to examine why states seek election to the Council, means through which they can strengthen their influence, how they can navigate PS power, how successful they are in achieving their objectives, and how the effectiveness of both elected members and the Council as a whole could be improved. Despite the substantial constraints facing elected members, those that are imaginative and industrious can nevertheless make influential contributions to achievement of the Council's purposes.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:Security Council, elected members, Australia
Research Division:Law and Legal Studies
Research Group:International and comparative law
Research Field:International criminal law
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in law and legal studies
UTAS Author:Farrall, J (Dr Jeremy Farrall)
ID Code:114612
Year Published:2016
Web of Science® Times Cited:22
Deposited By:Law
Deposited On:2017-02-21
Last Modified:2017-10-18

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