The Loss of Institutionality in International Organizations, and their Decline in the Contemporary International Society
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DepartmentDerecho Internacional Público, Penal y Procesal
SourcePaix et Sécurité Internationales, No 9, 2021.
Never before have international organisations (IOs) been as numerous or as questioned as they are today. One reason for this, I believe, is the shift away from institutionalisation, which renders them inoperative and, thus, irrelevant. This decline in the institutional component of IOs has caused – and continues to cause – many of them to become empty shells with acronyms. Their bodies are purely testimonial and are supplanted in decision-making by their member states, which prefer informal agreement mechanisms that can be pursued outside or in parallel to the institutional procedures provided for in the IO’s constitutive treaty.