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Procedure at International Conferences
A Study of the Rules of Procedure at the UN and at Inter-governmental Conferences

2nd Edition


  • Author: Robbie Sabel, Hebrew University of Jerusalem and Tel-Aviv University
  • Date Published: March 2006
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521545556

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  • This new edition is a comprehensive manual of the rules of procedure for the conduct of business at the UN General Assembly, at international conferences and at assemblies of inter-governmental organisations such as the IAEA, ICAO, ILO, IMO and WHO. It examines the legal basis of these rules, the history of their development and the attempts at their codification. At the heart of the book is an examination of the practical applications of rules of procedure. Sabel also considers whether certain procedural rules and applications have become so well established that they have now attained the status of customary international law. The book is of interest to those involved in international law, international relations and international organisations. It also serves as a practical manual for delegates to the UN General Assembly and to international conferences.

    • Serves as a practical manual on procedure for delegates to the UN General Assembly and to international, inter-governmental conferences
    • In this new edition, procedural rulings, updated to February 2005, are quoted from the records of UN General Assembly meetings, from assemblies of international organisations and from treaty making conferences
    • First edition was awarded a 1998 American Society of International Law 'Special Award'
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    Reviews & endorsements

    From reviews of the first edition: 'Overall, the book is a very useful compilation of precedents and may even be an indispensable reference work for diplomats and others following the inner workings of international conferences.' Philip Alston, The American Journal of International Law

    'The work as a whole is reliable and clear and Ambassador Sabel has performed a valuable service to the international community in writing it.' Maurice Mendelson, European Journal of International Law

    'Dr Sabel has performed a most remarkable service to the doctrine and practice of international law alike. His book is in fact a handbook of the rules of procedure applicable to international conferences which participants at such conferences will, in the future, ignore at their peril. It may safely be predicted that it will, in due course, become, for representatives at international conferences, the standard companion manual to the rules of procedure themselves and will guide representatives in their conduct of procedural business.' Yehuda Z. Blum, Israel Law Review

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    Product details

    • Edition: 2nd Edition
    • Date Published: March 2006
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521545556
    • length: 496 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 154 x 29 mm
    • weight: 0.795kg
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    Preface to the second edition
    Abbreviations and conference references
    1. Historical development of rules of procedure of conferences and attempts to establish model rules
    2. Adoption of rules of procedure
    3. Rules of procedure and international law
    4. Invitations, participation and credentials
    5. Presiding officer and other officers of the conference
    6. Meetings
    7. Statements by delegations
    8. Submission of proposals
    9. Adjournment and closure of debate
    10. Amendments
    11. Withdrawal and reconsideration of motions and proposals
    12. Procedural motions and points of order
    14. Decision taking and method of voting
    15. Majority required
    16. Consensus
    17. Separate votes
    18. Conduct of voting: interruption of voting and correction of vote
    19. Languages records and documents
    20. Committees
    21. Suspension and amendment of rules of procedure

  • Author

    Robbie Sabel, Hebrew University of Jerusalem and Tel-Aviv University
    Robbie Sabel is the former Legal Adviser and Deputy Director General of the Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs. He is a Visiting Professor of International Law at the Hebrew University Jerusalem and at Tel-Aviv University.

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