NGOs in International Law
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NGOs in International Law

Efficiency in Flexibility?

Edited by Pierre-Marie Dupuy and Luisa Vierucci

The increasing role that NGOs play at different levels of legal relevance – from treaty-making to rule implementation, and from support to judges to aid delivery – calls for reconsideration of the international legal status of those organizations. This book shows that the degree of flexibility currently enjoyed by NGOs in fields as varied as human rights, the environment and the European Union development cooperation policy constitutes the best arena for all actors involved, with the consequences that the instances where more strict regulation of NGOs’ participation is desirable are very limited.
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Appendix 1: Questionnaire on the Legal Status of NGOs in International Law


1 Please answer the following questions using the space provided. Feel free to use additional space if necessary. Kindly submit the questionnaire by 30 October to the following address: and be ready to discuss it at the workshop. Section 1 – NGOs and intergovernmental organisations (IGOs) Section 2 – NGOs before international courts and quasi-judicial bodies Section 3 – The legal status of NGOs in international law: general considerations Section 1 NGOs and intergovernmental organisations (IGOs) 1. Does your NGO have consultative status or equivalent with any of the following IGOs: United Nations (its organs and/or specialized agencies), European Union, Council of Europe? If yes, which? If not, why? 2. If your NGO does have consultative status, what rights does this status provide in practice? 3. Are there any rights your NGO is entitled to by virtue of its legal status which it cannot exercise in practice? 1 European University Institute, Law Department, ‘A Legal Status for NGOs in Contemporary International Law? A Contribution to the Debate on ‘Non-State Actors’ and Public International Law at the Beginning of the Twenty-First Century’, 15–16 November 2002, Florence, workshop held under the responsibility of Pierre-Marie Dupuy, Professor of International Law, European University Institute and Université de Paris (PanthéonAssas). Appendix 1 217 4. Are there systems for consultative status or equivalent which you find more useful than others? In which respects? 5. What has been your NGO’s experience with the control exercised by the ECOSOC Standing Committee on NGOs and similar bodies? Is...

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