Chapter 1: According to law
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Where law is lawful, decision-makers must comply with the law. If administrative justice is to be achieved in the global space, administrative decision-makers must be committed to ‘legality’, meaning that their decisions are consistent with the existing body of law. A comparative analysis of prevailing functional understandings of administrative justice reveals that it contains a requirement that administrative decisions be made ‘according to law’. Global administrative justice requires cohesiveness, and cohesiveness implies stability, or an anchor to which standards can be tethered. If a requirement for decisions to be made according to law is incorporated into a model of global administrative justice, that anchor becomes the legal framework under which administrative decisions are made. The existing law in the global space, which is defined as international law, domestic law and institutional law, intersects with the United Nations to create legal obligations for its administrative decision-making.


Figure 1.1    A model of global administrative justice

Where law is lawful, decision-makers must comply with the law. The ‘success’ of global administrative justice will depend upon decision-makers being committed to ‘legality’ in the sense that decisions are consistent with the existing body of law.1 In the Introduction to this book it was claimed that a global procedural standard will require cohesiveness. Cohesiveness implies stability, or an anchor to which a standard can be tethered. If a requirement for decisions to be made according to law is incorporated into a model of global administrative justice, that anchor becomes the legal framework in which administrative decisions are made.

A comparative analysis of existing commentary on administrative justice reveals the emergence of a ‘functional approach’ that conceives administrative justice as the legal framework or system for administrative decision-making and adjudication. Canadian scholar Lorne Sossin describes administrative justice as ‘the system of decision-making of administrative agencies, boards, commissions and tribunals’.2 Whilst Sossin has questioned how well Canadian tribunals realistically fit within any administrative justice ‘system’3 this functional and systemic perspective of administrative justice appears as dominant discourse in a number of jurisdictions. In Canada at least, the conversation has not ignored normative principles, but focuses on if, and how, normative principles such as ‘adjudicatory ethics’, the ‘rule of law’4 or even ‘human centered design’5 inhabit and inform the ‘justice system’.6

In Europe, the use of administrative justice as a way to describe ‘the system’ is reflected in a series of reports produced by the Association of the Councils of State and Supreme Administrative Jurisdictions of the European Union. The reports, which are titled Administrative Justice in Europe, focus on individual countries and provide classification of administrative acts in that jurisdiction, the definition of an administrative authority, the organisation and role of review bodies and the recruitment and role of judges, amongst other things.7 Similarly, administrative adjudication in Latin America, which largely takes its form from the European civil law model (with some integrated aspects of the common law system), has been described as a system of administrative justice.8

European civil law countries, or those countries that rely on similar systems, often use administrative justice as a way to describe their constitutional system of administrative courts. For instance, in Italy administrative justice is used as a way to describe a system that provides ‘judicial protection’ against public administration.9 The Italian Constitution creates a system of administrative courts10 that are distinct from civil and criminal courts, which adjudicate matters that deal with public administration11 and, according to the Italian Constitution, ‘have jurisdiction over the protection of legitimate rights before the public administration’.12 Administrative justice has also been used to describe France’s Conseil d’Etat, which creates a similar system,13 as do the court systems in other European countries such as Ukraine,14 Spain, Finland, Poland, Greece and Germany.

A functional approach to administrative justice has also translated to the labeling of institutions, public offices and community support and education programmes in terms of administrative justice. Examples include the Foundation of Administrative Justice, which provides educational courses for Canadian tribunals, and ‘the people who appear before them’15 and the Ontario-based Administrative Justice Support Network, which supports ‘people to feel competent and confident to proceed with an appeal before an administrative board or tribunal whether or not they have legal representation’.16 In Kenya, the Ombudsman’s office is called the Commission on Administrative Justice17 and Ghana’s Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice is tasked with investigations of human rights abuse and public maladministration.18

Peter Strauss, a US administrative law scholar, takes an even broader approach when he conflates administrative justice with administrative law without distinction. In his book titled Administrative Justice in the United States, Strauss refers to administrative justice as entailing ‘an engagement with the institutions of government, their operation and their interaction’,19 each chapter outlining a particular mechanism of US administrative law. Similarly, references to administrative justice in African statute law indicate that in some African countries the concept is used as a synonym for administrative law. Zimbabwe’s Administrative Justice Act (2004), for example, focuses on identifying administrative authority and action, as well as the action that will constitute a breach of administrative justice, such as acting without jurisdiction,20 or committing fraud or corruption.21

Some jurisdictions rarely describe their administrative law systems in terms of administrative justice. In Australia22 and the UK, for instance, administrative justice is not generally used as a functional label because the Australian system is defined according to a judicial and merits review distinction, and discussion in these countries has tended to be integrated more clearly with the normative aspects of the concept, which are discussed in Chapter 2. However, the term has been used as a way to describe interactions with decision-making institutions and courts.23

A functional approach that conceives administrative justice as part of a legal framework, or as the system itself, acknowledges that administrative decisions must be made according to law because ‘law’ comprises the rules and regulations that create and support the legal system. This requirement also responds to the need for global procedural standards to be responsive, which in the global space requires an acknowledgement that whilst there may be no overarching legal system that binds all ‘global actors’, law exists in a number of guises and has variable impacts on global decision-making bodies, which is largely dependent on their status and character. The way that law in the global space, defined as international law, internal institutional law, domestic law and ‘global law’, intersects with the UN in a way that creates obligations that are relevant to its administrative decision-making is the focus of the remainder of this chapter.

1.1    Law in the Global Space and UN Administrative Decision-Making

The fact that the global space is ‘legally fragmented’ does not mean that it is a place of ‘non-law’. Indeed, the global space offers a number of contenders that claim the status of law within this context.

1.1.1    International Law

International law, which is the body of rules, instruments and principles that govern the interactions of States at the international level, is the most recognised and entrenched form of law that operates within the global space. International law is understood as public international law, including its various iterations, such as customary international law, international human rights law, international refugee law and international humanitarian law.

International law has the capacity to create rights and obligations for bodies such as the UN, which possess international legal personality. International legal personality is the ability to bear rights and obligations in international law, independent of States. Otherwise known as legal capacity, the International Court of Justice (ICJ) established that non-State actors (that is, the UN) may possess some international legal personality but only to the extent of the ‘function they are to fulfil in that legal order’24 or to the extent that States as the subjects of international law and the ‘true holders’ of international legal personality, confer on them. The ICJ further mapped the scope of international legal personality by stating that ‘the rights and duties of an entity such as the Organization must depend upon its purposes and functions as specified or implied in its constituent documents and developed in practice’.25 The limits of the purposes and functions that can be implied from constituent documents and subsequent practice will depend on the particular organisation, but its purposes and functions must be conferred by reasonable implication ‘as capacities required to enable the organisations to discharge their functions effectively’.26 The ICJ has confirmed this approach in subsequent cases.27

According to the ICJ in the WHO case, IOs are subjects of international law and, therefore, are bound by any obligations incumbent upon them under three distinct sources of international law, which are general rules of international law, their own constitutions or under international agreements to which they are parties.28 Added to these sources are two international instruments that were created subsequent to the WHO case, which create obligations for IOs: the Articles on the Responsibility of International Organizations for Internationally Wrongful Acts29 and the Vienna Convention on the Law of Treaties between States and International Organizations or between International Organizations.30

The UN is bound by its own constitution, which is the UN Charter, as well as ‘general rules of international law’ as stipulated in the ICJ Statute.31 Article 38 of the ICJ Statute does not define what comprises such rules and whilst its human rights component continues to attract debate,32 it is generally accepted that general rules of international law incorporate both jus cogens, which are peremptory norms from which no derogation is permitted,33 and laws that derive from custom.34 The latter suggestion encounters difficulty from the fact that the State is a fundamental component of customary international law,35 which makes an assertion that obligations are ‘incumbent’ on an IO problematic. However, two factors point to an obligation for IOs to respect customary international law. First, as made clear in Reparations, the UN is considered a subject of international law and therefore, logically, there is no impediment to the extension of its rights and duties to customary international law where they relate to its functions and purposes as ‘specified or implied in its constituent documents and developed in practice’. Second, it is widely accepted that UN resolutions may be evidence of opinio juris,36 which is the first element of customary international law.37 As Maurice Mendelson notes, ‘IO’s are capable of contributing to what is conveniently and traditionally called State practice, but which is, more precisely, the practice of subjects of international law’.38 Contribution to customary international law may not automatically mean that an organisation is bound by it, but it does give weight to the proposition that IOs are bound by customary international law as a principle of general international law. As Verdirame argues, it would be ‘extremely disruptive for the international system to tolerate the presence of actors that are endowed with legal personality, and thus with the legal capacity to operate upon the international plane, but are exempt from a body of universally or almost universally accepted rules’.39

The way that international law interacts with the decision-making of the UN’s subsidiary organs is relevant to a discussion that focuses on decision-making throughout the UN system. Whilst subsidiary organs largely act in a manner that can be described as independent, they cannot be separated from the UN system because their tasks and functions are dependent on the scope of the UNGA’s powers and they facilitate the functions of the UNGA by adopting and carrying out its decisions.40 As a consequence, the UN’s subsidiary organs not only derive international legal personality that is compatible with their objectives and functions from the UN,41 but their acts are attributable to the UN.

The proposition that the legal obligations of the UN and its subsidiary organs do not exist separately finds support in the jurisprudence of the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR), which found that internationally wrongful acts that are committed by one of the UN’s subsidiary organs are attributable to the UN.42 When the UN or one of its subsidiary organs temporarily administers a territory, such as was the case in East Timor from 1999 to 2002 and in Kosovo from 1999 (albeit in a limited capacity since 2008), it acts as what has been described as a ‘quasi-sovereign’43 because it has complete responsibility for the administration of that territory, including both civil and security matters. Another term for territorial administration is de jure administration, which means the administrator is given a formal mandate in the form of a UNSC resolution and/or as part of a treaty, to administer the territory.44 In Behrami the ECtHR found that the actions of the NATO Kosovo Force (KFOR) and United Nations Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK), being a failure to detonate mines and false imprisonment respectively, were attributable to NATO and the UN as their subsidiary organs because the UN and NATO had ‘effective control’ of the territory.45

The significance of the Behrami decision is in the court’s finding that ‘UNMIK was a subsidiary organ of the UN institutionally directly and fully answerable to the UNSC’ and ‘[a]ccordingly, the Court notes that UNMIK was a subsidiary organ of the UN created under Chapter VII of the Charter so that the impugned inaction was, in principle, “attributable” to the UN in the same sense’.46 In other words, if a subsidiary organ’s conduct can be attributable to the UN, and the UN is bound by an international obligation, then that subsidiary organ is capable of violating that international obligation qua its position as a subsidiary organ. The UN Legal Counsel supports this interpretation of the Court’s finding by stating:

As a subsidiary organ of the United Nations, an act of a peacekeeping force is, in principle, imputable to the Organization, and if committed in violation of an international obligation entails the international responsibility of the Organization and its liability in compensation.47

It should also be noted that subsidiary organs are, like the UN as an organisation as a whole, bound to observe the UN Charter. The ICJ has made clear that the ‘political character’ of a subsidiary organ ‘cannot release it from the observance of the treaty provisions established by the Charter where they constitute limitations on its powers or criteria for its judgment’.48

Finally, a variety of other non-binding legal instruments may create standards with which the UN is expected to comply in its decision-making. Falling into this amorphous category are non-binding recommendations or ‘soft law’.49 Caroline Chinkin describes soft law instruments as ranging from treaties with only ‘soft obligations’ to ‘non-binding or voluntary resolutions and codes of conduct formulated and accepted by international and regional organisations (“non-legal soft law”), to statements prepared by individuals in a non-governmental capacity, but which purport to lay down international principles’.50 Although soft law is non-binding, its importance to the ‘general framework of international development’51 should not be underestimated. A voluntary resolution or other instrument with ‘soft obligations’ does not have to be a legal norm to be politically influential52 and may be an important source of rules for administrative decision-making.

1.1.2    Internal Institutional Law

Internal institutional law, or ‘internal law’, which has been described by the International Law Commission (ILC) as comprising the ‘rules of the organization’, attracts the label of law in the global space. The term ‘internal law’ is often used to describe employment relations of the international civil service (that is, an organisation’s secretariat) and as ‘part of the conditions of employment’ for staff,53 which is largely considered to be its most important aspect.54 More broadly internal law can be defined as ‘the constituent instruments, decisions, resolutions and other acts of the international organization’,55 which includes ‘manuals, circulars and other statements issued by the administration which have a law making character’56 and the ‘established practice’ of the organisation.57 The internal rules and practices of an IO can also be used to conclude treaties, maintain diplomatic relations, and submit a claim for reparation for injuries. Notably, Amerasinghe claims internal law includes ‘the facilitating of decision-making in organs, especially in formulating rules of procedure’.58

Another way to understand the UN’s internal institutional law is as its ‘own voice’, which is a reflection of the organisation’s functional autonomy. ‘Functional autonomy’ has been described as the ‘distinction, in terms of legal powers and purposes, between an organisation and its member states’.59 Scholars in the fields of international relations and political science, however, tend to situate autonomy in relation to organisational culture and its bureaucratic elements,60 meaning that the autonomy of an IO is understood in relation to its practice, functions and structure. Functional autonomy, therefore, includes ‘institutional autonomy’ and is taken here to mean a combination of ‘legal autonomy’ (that is, international legal personality) and ‘institutional autonomy’. An ability to act and speak autonomously is a constitutive element of international legal personality,61 and as a holder of international legal personality the UN exercises a separate will to member States by taking action that expresses its ‘corporate will’,62 rather than the ‘aggregate opinion’ of member States.63

A question arises as to whether internal institutional law qualifies as law. Whilst some scholars claim that it cannot be law, regardless of whether the rules are binding,64 Kelsen has argued that ‘the constituent rules of a juridical person always constitute a “partial legal order” which is to a certain extent separate from – albeit in a relationship with – the “total legal order” under which the juridical person is established’.65 Although this definition depends on the status of the global decision-making body as a juridical body or ‘person’, a distinction between international law and the internal law of an organisation is generally accepted.66 Whether it is sui generis, a form of law unto itself,67 or it comprises a sub-category of international law,68 internal institutional law binds the decision-makers within the UN because it constitutes what Amerasinghe conceives as an ‘institutional’ rather than an ‘operational’ act. An institutional act is one that could be reasonably interpreted by the relevant constitutional texts as having a binding effect and, unlike operational acts, impact internal rather than external parties.69

1.1.3    Domestic Law

In the global space, domestic law may govern transactions between States, or States and IOs, or may be taken into account in the proceedings of international and domestic courts. The domestic law of States can create rights and obligations for the UN in two ways. First, a global decision-making body may be liable under the domestic law of a State relating to transactions entered into with private parties (for example, local labour laws, contracts for professional services70 ) or for tortious contact.71 However, liability is dependent on whether that body has been accorded domestic legal personality by the State and to what extent immunities and privileges apply to it. In regards to the former, an IO such as the UN may be accorded legal personality by member States according to its constituent treaty72 or a multilateral agreement such as the Convention on the Privileges and Immunities of the United Nations (‘UN General Convention’).73 Where the State is a non-member of the IO,74 legal capacity may be similarly recognised according to multilateral agreements, custom75 or national legislation, including legislation that implements the treaty or other domestic legislation76 or through the court processes.77 If the global decision-making body is not an IO, it may still be accorded domestic legal personality through the usual domestic means, such as recognition by courts.78 However, characterisation of a global decision-making body as an IO will likely affect a domestic court’s competence to adjudicate and enforce a matter relating to it because certain privileges and immunities will likely apply to it. Privileges (that is, where areas of substantive domestic law do not apply79 ) and immunities (that is, the procedural protection from the legal process of adjudication and enforcement80 ) are often applied to IOs through multilateral81 (that is, the UN’s position) or bilateral82 treaties and are absolute or restricted in scope.83

The second way that domestic law can create rights and obligations for the UN is through consideration of municipal laws as facts before proceedings in international courts and tribunals, or as evidence of compliance or non-compliance with international obligations.84 Malcolm Shaw gives the example of the principle of uti possidetis, where the constitutional or administrative law of the previous sovereign is taken into account in consideration of the integrity of colonial defined territory.85 Shaw also makes the point that domestic laws are often used as interpretative tools for a State’s legal position on topics of international importance.86

The UN may need to take account of domestic law when making its decisions, but due to the organisation’s robust privileges and immunities and, as discussed above, the restricted way domestic law applies to IOs, domestic law only has a limited capacity to create rights and obligations for the UN in its administrative decision-making.

1.1.4    ‘Global Law’

A final, brief mention should be made of global law. Some legal scholars believe that a global law is emerging from the growing focus placed on individuals over States in global governance. Giuliana Capaldo describes this law as embryonic, a gradual integration of various systems.87 For Neil Walker it is an ‘emergent idea and practice’ that does not exist as a new and separate legal order, but ‘folds’ existing laws, or dimensions of laws within its own terms and supplements them with a ‘universal warrant’.88 Rafael Domingo sees global law as fulfilling a need to ‘order social relations according to justice’89 as a natural progression from international to global. Domingo believes that as national law made way for international law, so will international law give way to a new global order where the individual, not the State, resides at its centre. Despite its promise, global law remains an aspiration and could not be said to currently possess the stability, nor mechanisms, to be considered sui generis. Accordingly, it will not be considered a source of obligations for the administrative decision-making of the UN.

1.2    From Law to Values

Making administrative decisions according to law is crucial to the accountability of decision-making because it grounds decision-making in a legal framework in a way that legitimises it. The stability of law encourages consistency and cohesiveness, and exposes decision-making to the expectations of the rule of law. The requirement that administrative decisions be made according to law is the first of two procedural standards that comprise the model of global administrative justice presented in this book.

But what of values? A positivist sense of law ‘without reference to values or purposes that it serves’90 must be questioned in the global space. Without a unifying constitutive source, understanding law within the global space in terms of a purely positivist conception is problematic. Jeremy Bentham and John Austin’s style of positivism relies on a discernible authority that has the power to compel compliance through coercive sanctions.91 But who is the authority in the global space? Without an overarching written constitution it is also difficult to see how Hans Kelsen might have anchored his grundnorm in the global space. Kelsen’s basic norm is located by reference to a constitution, which rests on objective assumptions about what a law should be.92 Whilst it is true that constitutionalism is engaged in the possible development of a global constitution, it is an area of legal scholarship that is theoretically immature in that it is focused upon the identification of its source and form. HLA Hart, on the other hand, based his deconstruction of the nature of law on the existence of an identifiable legal system where the recognition of a law by legal officials and courts renders it legitimate.93 But who are the public officials in the global space? What is the court that crosses jurisdictions?

Crucially, if moral content, which is arguably a necessary part of any ‘just’ legal system,94 is undervalued, the door is left open for arbitrary decision-making. When law is absent values, the possibility of the legitimisation of tyrannical legal systems through allowing ‘any well-organized system of centralized order using articulate and identifiable prescriptions and prohibitions [to count] as law’95 is increased. Without the presence of a stable legal order, the need for moral content to be an anchor for law in the global space is even more urgent. Dyzenhaus recognises this when he says that whilst a ‘society with a properly functioning legal order will be one largely organized around a set of stable, determinate rules, stability and determinacy are not in themselves moral virtues’. Instead, he claims that ‘legitimacy depends on the values injected into the rules, and evil can be all the worse for being given clear expression and enforced through a stable legal order’.96

In his famous 1958 conversation with Hart in the Harvard Law Review, Lon F. Fuller97 argued that the correct way to question legitimacy is not whether the law is legitimate but whether legality is legitimate. By legality, Fuller meant the procedures by which laws are made, rather than the content of the law.98 The legitimacy of legality requires that those subject to the law perceive that the ‘right procedures’ have been used to develop it. Legitimacy based on the perception of those subject to the laws acknowledges the centrality of the inherently voluntary nature of compliance. Fuller’s ‘right procedures’ find form in the eight criteria of what he calls the ‘internal morality of law’, being generality, publicity, non-retroactivity, clarity, non-contradiction, possibility of execution, constancy and congruence.99

Other scholars have similarly called for procedural values to be a determinate for the legitimacy of law. Brian Tamanaha suggests that laws need to be ‘general, clear, certain and public’.100 Friederich Hayek declares that laws should be ‘general, equal and certain’101 and Joseph Raz describes the core elements of the rule of law as being the absence of arbitrary power, non-retrospectivity, subjection of government to general laws and the independence of the judiciary.102 Jeremy Waldron argues that a failure to require procedural requirements in law undermines the formal and procedural conditions of a legal system, which disqualifies that legal system from qualifying as law at all.103 Tyrannical regimes may not exist in the global space but legal positivism risks ignoring questionable characteristics of global decision-making bodies, such as their tendency to be ‘imperial’ and ‘western-focused’,104 or their violations of procedural and human rights, in favour of functionality.

If the legitimacy of law is contingent on the presence of procedural values, so is the legitimacy of the decision-making that takes place according to that law. The second procedural standard that comprises the global administrative justice model is based on an acknowledgment that administrative decision-making requires procedural values to be legitimate. In Chapter 2 it is argued that those procedural values are based on values the community accepts as just.

  1 Simon Halliday, ‘Ideal Conditions of Impact: Some Reflections on the Influence of Judicial Review on Administrative Decision Making’, Paper presented to the Law Program, Research School of the Social Sciences, Australian National University, 5 September 2001, Canberra.

  2 Lorne Sossin, ‘Future of Administrative Justice’ (2008) 21 Canadian Journal of Administrative Law & Practice 192 (emphasis added).

  3 Lorne Sossin and Jamie Baxter, ‘Ontario’s Administrative Tribunal Clusters: A Glass Half-Full or Half-Empty for Administrative Justice’ (2012) 12 Oxford Commonwealth Law Journal 157, 162.

  4 Ron Ellis, Unjust by Design: Canada’s Administrative Justice System (UBC Press, 2013). See also (accessed 1 May 2017).

  5 Lorne Sossin, ‘Designing Administrative Justice: Draft’, British Columbia Continuing Legal Education (BC CLE) Administrative Law Conference, 18 November 2016.

  6 Ibid, 1.

  7 See (accessed 1 May 2017).

  8 Ricardo Perlingeiro, ‘Contemporary Challenges in Latin American Administrative Justice’ (2016) 3 (2) BRICS Law Journal 21.

  9 Franco Gaetano Scoca, ‘Administrative Justice in Italy: Origins and Evolutions’ (2009) 2 Italian Journal of Public Law 118, 119.

10 Regional administrative tribunals (TARs), Council of State, Court of Cassation and Court of Accounts.

11 Although as Elisabetta Silvestri states, the jurisdiction of the court is determined by the nature of the claim, rather than its relationship with public administration or a general concern with public interest: Elisabetta Silvestri, ‘Administrative Justice in Italy’ (2016) III (2) BRICS Law Journal 69.

12 Article 103, sec. 1 of The Constitution of the Italian Republic. Silvestri states that the English translation of ‘legitimate rights’ does not quite reflect the Italian concept of ‘legitimate interests’ (interessi legittimi) as the counterpart of ‘subjective rights’ (diritti soggettivi): ibid, 68.

13 See speech by Jean-Marc Sauvé, Vice-président du Conseil d’Etat, presented in Australia on 4 March 2010 (accessed 6 August 2018).

14 See e.g. A. Selivanov, ‘Constitutional Foundations of the Origin and Development of Administrative Justice and Administrative Procedure in the Realization of the Fair Trial Doctrine’ (2012) Law of Ukraine: Legal Journal 209; Denis J. Galligan, Richard H. Langan and Nicandrou S. Constance, Administrative Justice in the New European Democracies: Case Studies of Administrative Law and Process in Bulgaria, Estonia, Hungary, Poland and Ukraine (Open Society Institute, Constitutional and Legal Policy Institute and Centre for Socio-Legal Studies, University of Oxford, 1998).

15 See (accessed 6 August 2018).

16 See (accessed 28 October 2016).

17 See (accessed 6 August 2018).

18 See (accessed 6 August 2018).

19 Peter L. Strauss, Administrative Justice in the United States (Carolina Academic Press, 2002) 3.

20 Administrative Justice Act (2004) (Zimbabwe), s. 5(a).

21 Ibid, s. 5(e). South Africa has enacted the Promotion of Administrative Justice Act (3 of 2000).

22 It is interesting to note that in 2007, the then president of the Australian Commonwealth Administrative Appeals Tribunal, The Honourable Justice Garry Downes AM, presented a paper at the Canadian Council of Administrative Tribunals Fourth International Conference titled ‘The State of Administrative Justice in Australia’. Despite administrative justice not having common usage in Australia as a way to define the ‘system’, the paper focused on the institutional and systemic aspects of administrative decision-making and review.

23 Debra Mortimer, Administrative Justice and its Availability (Federation Press, 2015).

24 Ibid.

25 Reparations for the Injuries Suffered in the Service of the United Nations (Advisory Opinion) (‘Reparations’) [1949] ICJ Rep 174, 180.

26 Chittharanjan Felix Amerasinghe, Principles of the Institutional Law of International Organizations (Cambridge University Press, 2nd edn, 2003) 102.

27 See e.g. Certain Expenses of the United Nations (Article 17, Article 2, of the Charter) (Advisory Opinion) [1962] ICJ Rep 151, 167; Applicability of Article VI, Section 22, of the Convention on the Privileges and Immunities of the United Nations (Mazilu Case) (Advisory Opinion) [1989] ICJ Rep 177, 195–197.

28 Interpretation of the Agreement of March 251951 between the WHO and Egypt (Advisory Opinion) [1980] ICJ Rep 73, 89–90.

29 Articles on the Responsibility of International Organizations (ARIO) Sixty-sixth session, agenda item 81A/RES/66/100.

30 The Vienna Convention on the Law of Treaties, opened for signature 23 May 1969, 1155 UNTS 331 (entered into force 27 January 1980) (‘Vienna Convention’) 21 March 1986, 25 ILM 543.

31 Statute of the International Court of Justice (‘ICJ Statute’), art 38.

32 Arnold N. Pronto, ‘“Human-Rightism” and the Development of General International Law’ (2007) 20 Leiden Journal of International Law 753.

33 According to the Vienna Convention, art 53 peremptory norms of general international law (jus cogens) ‘are norms accepted and recognized by the international community of States as a whole as norms from which no derogation is permitted and which can be modified only by a subsequent norm of general international law having the same character’.

34 Guglielmo Verdirame’s interpretation of the general rules of international law is that they are ‘shorthand for customary international law of universal or quasi-universal applicability and for general principles of law’: Guglielmo Verdirame, The UN and Human Rights: Who Guards the Guardians? (Cambridge University Press, 2011) 71.

35 The two components of customary international law, opinio juris and State practice, are exclusively relevant to State action.

36 The ICJ has stated that ‘opinio juris may, though with all due caution, be deduced from, inter alia, the attitude of the Parties and the attitude of States towards certain UNGA resolutions’ (Military and Paramilitary Activities in and against Nicaragua (Nicaragua v United States of America) [1986] ICJ Rep 188) and that these resolutions ‘can, in certain circumstances, provide evidence important for establishing the existence of a rule or the emergence of an opinio juris’ (Legality of the Threat or Use of Nuclear Weapons (Advisory Opinion) ICJ Rep 226, 1996.

37 An example of UN Resolutions that bind another IO or UN subsidiary body are the UNGA resolutions that have extended UNHCR’s international protection functions to include ‘additional activities’ such as participation in ‘humanitarian endeavours’, involvement in ‘development-orientated assistance’, and to address effectively, through emergency preparedness and response mechanisms, situations that cause or threaten to cause mass exoduses.

38 Maurice H. Mendelson, ‘The Formation of Customary International Law’ (1998) 272 Recueil des Cours de l’Academie de Droit International 155, 201.

39 Verdirame, above n 34, 71.

40 Amerasinghe, above n 26, 140–141.

41 Verdirame, above n 34, 62.

42 Behrami and Behrami v France and Seramati v France, Germany and Norway (‘Behrami’) Application Nos 71412/01 and 78166/01 (ECtHR, 2 May 2007).

43 Frederic Megret and Florian Hoffman, ‘The UN as a Human Rights Violator?: Some Reflections on the United Nations Changing Human Rights Responsibilities’ (2003) 25 Human Rights Quarterly 314, 323.

44 Verdirame, above n 34, 230.

45 Behrami , above n 42, paras 128–143. ‘Effective control’ is the exercise of public functions (legislative, executive or judicial) in a way that amounts to territorial control: ibid, paras 233–235.

46 Ibid, paras 142–143.

47 Unpublished letter of 3 February 2004 by the UN Legal Counsel to the Director of the Codification Division, quoted in ILC Report (2004) UN Doc A/59/10, 112; Verdirame, above n 34, 199–200.

48 Conditions of Admission of a State to Membership in the UN (Advisory Opinion) [1948] ICJ Rep 57, 64.

49 Jan Klabbers, An Introduction to International Institutional Law (Cambridge University Press, 2002) 156–158.

50 Caroline Chinkin, ‘The Challenge of Soft Law: Development and Change in International Law’ (1989) 38 (4) The International and Comparative Law Quarterly 850, 851.

51 Malcolm N. Shaw, International Law (Cambridge University Press, 7th edn, 2014) 83.

52 Ibid, 84.

53 World Bank Administrative Tribunal Reports [1981], Decision No. 1 at pp 11–12.

54 Amerasinghe, above n 26, 274.

55 The Draft Articles on the Responsibility of International Organizations (DARIO), Official Records of the General Assembly, Sixty-sixth session, Supplement No. 10 UN Doc A/66/10 (3 June 2011) art 2(b).

56 Amerasinghe, above n 26, 287.

57 Santiago Torres Bernardez, ‘Les organes des organisations internationales’ in R.J. Dupuy (ed.), Manuel sur les organisations internationales (Martinus Nijhoff, 1998) 109.

58 Amerasinghe, above n 26, 373.

59 Ian Brownlie, Principles of International Law (Oxford University Press, 7th edn, 2008) 677.

60 See e.g. Michael Barnett and Martha Finnemore, Rules for the World: International Organizations in Global Politics (Cornell University Press, 2004).

61 Jean d’Aspremont, ‘The multifaceted concept of autonomy of international organizations and international legal discourse’ in Richard Collins and Nigel D. White (eds), International Organizations and the Idea of Autonomy (Routledge, 2011) 63, 63.

62 Nigel D. White, ‘Layers of autonomy in the UN system’ in Richard Collins and Nigel D. White (eds), International Organizations and the Idea of Autonomy (Routledge, 2011) 298, 301.

63 Jan Klabbers, An Introduction to International Institutional Law (Cambridge University Press, 2002) 12.

64 See Balladore Palliari, ‘Le Driot interne des organisations internationales’ (1969-II) 127 Hague Recueil 1.

65 Hans Kelsen, General Theory of Law and State (A. Wedberg tr, Harvard University Press, 1945) 99–100.

66 See Rudolf Bernhardt, ‘Qualifikation und Anwendungsbereich des internen Rechts internationaler Organisationen’ (1973) 12 Berichte der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Völkerrecht 7.

67 V.I. Margiev, ‘On Legal Nature of Internal Law of International Organizations’ (1980) 15 Soviet Year Book of International Law 99.

68 Amerasinghe, above n 26, 274.

69 Ibid, 163–164.

70 See Allied Headquarters in Southern Europe [HAFSE] v Capocci Belmonte, Corte di Cassazione, 5 June 1976 re legal services rendered to NATO.

71 See Steinberg v International Criminal Police Organization, US Court of Appeals DC Cir., 23 October 1981 re defamation.

72 E.g. art 104 of the UN Charter.

73 Convention on the Privileges and Immunities of the United Nations (‘UN General Convention’) 1 UNTS 15, art I (1).

74 See August Reinisch, James Crawford and John Bell, International Organizations before National Courts (Cambridge University Press, 2004) 41.

75 Ibid, 45–46.

76 E.g. the UK International Organisations Act 1968.

77 See Arab Monetary Fund v Hashim and Others, House of Lords, 21 February 1991, 85 ILR1.

78 E.g. in YY v UNRWA, 17 August 1957, a Gaza court decided ‘that UNRWA was not an organ of the United Nations’, meaning that the court was competent to hear a claim against it.

79 Reinisch et al, above n 74, 14.

80 Eileen Denza, ‘Diplomatic Agents and Missions, Privileges and Immunities’ in Rudolf Bernhardt (ed.), Encyclopaedia of Public International Law (2nd edn, 1992) Volume I, 1040, 1042.

81 E.g. UN General Convention; Council of Europe Privileges and Immunities Agreement: General Agreement on Privileges and Immunities of the Council of Europe, Paris, 2 September 1949, 250 UNTS 14.

82 E.g. FAO Headquarters Agreement: Agreement Regarding the Headquarters of the FAO, Washington, 31 October 1950, Gazzeta Ufficiale, 27 January 1951, No. 22; 1409 UNTS 521.

83 See Reinisch et al, above n 74, 185–214 for discussion on restricted immunity.

84 Shaw, above n 51, 97–98.

85 Ibid, 380–381.

86 Ibid, 97.

87 Giuliana Capaldo, ‘What is Global Law’ (accessed 6 August 2018).

88 Neil Walker, Intimations of Global Law (Cambridge University Press, 2015).

89 Rafael Domingo, The New Global Law (Cambridge University Press, 2010) 98.

90 Richard H. Fallon Jr, ‘“The Rule of Law” as a Concept in Constitutional Discourse’ (1997) 97 Columbia Law Review 1, 54.

91 See John Austin, The Provence of Jurisprudence Determined (Noonday Press, 1st edn, 1954) 193–194.

92 Hans Kelsen, Pure Theory of Law (The Lawbook Exchange Ltd, 2002) 8.

93 H.L.A. Hart, The Concept of Law (Clarendon Press, 2nd edn, 1994) 110.

94 Leighton MacDonald, ‘Positivism and the Formal Rule of Law: Questioning the Connection’ (2001) 26 Australian Journal of Legal Philosophy 93, 100.

95 Jeremy Waldron, ‘The Concept and the Rule of Law’ (2008) 43 Georgia Law Review 1, 14.

96 David Dyzenhaus, ‘The Legitimacy of Legality’ (1996) 46 University of Toronto Law Journal 129, 139.

97 Lon L. Fuller, ‘Positivism and Fidelity to Law: A Reply to Professor Hart’ (1958) 71 Harvard Law Review 630.

98 Dyzenhaus, above n 96, 130.

99 As summarised by David Dyzenhaus, ‘Accountability and the Concept of (Global) Administrative Law’ (2009) Acta Juridica 2, 20.

100 Brian Z. Tamanaha, On the Rule of Law – History, Politics, Theory (Cambridge University Press, 2004) 96.

101 F.A. Hayek, The Political Idea of the Rule of Law (National Bank of Egypt, 1955) 34.

102 Joseph Raz, The Authority of Law: Essays on Law and Morality (Oxford University Press, 1979) 210.

103 Talking about the Nazi regime, Waldron, above n 95, 18 says:They used retroactive directives, rumors of secret decrees, verbal orders that could override what were formally binding statutes, and they intimidated judges with a general requirement that courts not apply any standards or directives that conflicted with Nazi race ideology (which they treated as natural law) or with the interests of the party or the German people; and they maintained facilities for concentrating and murdering large numbers of people, facilities which were free from anything other than industrial constraints.

104 B.S. Chimni, ‘Co-option and Resistance: Two Faces of Global Administrative Law’ (2005) 37 New York University Journal of International Law and Politics 799, 801.