Over the past decades, international law has seen a revival of international executive authority. Multilateral institutions exercise roles and functions of a public nature that are not unlike those performed by non-secular entities (e.g. the Church) in previous centuries. International organisations act as service providers or defenders of ‘global public goods’. The focus on executive action in international law may be traced back to the nineteenth century. National administrations formed joint administrative unions in order to administer resources common to several states, such as natural resources and rivers. This type of administrative cooperation was then extended to sectors such as communication (International Postal Union), meteorology, health or aviation. International institutions have exercised administering power over territories in the aftermath of the First World War, under the umbrella of the League of Nations (Saar, Danzig Memel, Tangier, Trieste), and later in the context of the UN and other international entities (e.g. EU). Today, many international organisations act as ‘global public administrations’. Their actions produce direct impact on national societies. They form part of what has been labelled a common ‘administrative space’, i.e. international regulatory structures, mechanisms and transnational networks that regulate a field of activity and set and enforce norms in the realm between international law and domestic jurisdiction. Inside the UN, the transformation from intergovernmental structures and working methods to multilateral forms of international organisation and decision-making was deeply shaped by Hammarskjöldd's tenure. He represents like hardly any other UN Secretary-General the empowerment of executive authority in international relations.
|Title of host publication||Peace Diplomacy, Global Justice and International Agency|
|Subtitle of host publication||Rethinking Human Security and Ethics in the Spirit of Dag Hammarskjold|
|Publisher||Reader, Cambridge University Press|
|Number of pages||38|
|Publication status||Published - 01 Jan 2014|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Social Sciences(all)