Sunday, February 9, 2020

Schrijver & Blokker: Elected Members of the Security Council: Lame Ducks or Key Players?

Nico J. Schrijver (Leiden Univ. - Law) & Niels M. Blokker (Leiden Univ. - Law) have published Elected Members of the Security Council: Lame Ducks or Key Players? (Brill | Nijhoff 2020). The table of contents is here. Here's the abstract:

Conventional wisdom has it that the successful functioning of the UN Security Council almost completely depends on the role played by its five permanent members and the extent to which they can agree—or avoid to fundamentally disagree—on the many issues on the Council’s agenda. But the Council also consists of ten non-permanent or elected members who represent five different regions of the world, and who, though not vested with the right of veto, play an indispensable role in Council decision-making.

This book aims to take a closer look at that role. It considers what role is foreseen for the elected members in the UN Charter, how this evolved in practice, and what “tools” they can deploy. It also considers whether there are particular “niches” for the elected members on the Security Council, such as engaging in conflict prevention, taking initiatives on rule of law issues and debating the potential effects of climate change on peace and security. Can elected members serve as agents of the international community and norm entrepreneurs? Should their position be strengthened, and if so, how? This collection was born out of a dynamic research seminar held at Leiden University, which also drew on the experiences of former elected members.