The Strategic Use of International Law by the United Nations Security Council
Deplano, Rossana, June 2015, 978-3-319-21280-7
The Strategic Use of International Law by the United Nations Security Council: An Empirical Study, offers insights on whether international law can shape the politics of the Security Council and conversely, the extent to which the latter contribute to the development of international law. By providing a systematic analysis of the quantity and quality of international legal instruments referred to in the text of resolutions, the book reconstructs patterns of the Security Council’s behavioural regularities and assesses them against the provisions of the United Nations Charter, which establishes its mandate. The analysis is divided into three periods – the origins and Cold War period, post-Cold War period and the twenty-first century – and assesses the resolutions passed in each period by thematic category. The book argues that while international law plays an important role in shaping the politics of the Security Council, the Council’s resolutions do not contribute significantly to the development of international law.
In the period from 1945 to 2014, the Security Council issued 2,195 resolutions. 78 %of all resolutions address topics related to specific geo-political area.
- 743 resolution –comprising 43 %, concerns the African continent
- 469 decisions –comprising 27 %, concerns the Middle East region,
- 321 resolutions –comprising 19 %, concerns Europe,
- 182 resolutions –comprising 11 %, concerns other geographical regions.
The number decisions addressing issues taking place in Africa and in the Middle East is equal to 1,212 out of 1,715, comprising 70 %.