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Revisiting Lockerbie: How a General Principle of Judicial Review Could Promote United Nations Security Council Reform

Revisiting Lockerbie: How a General Principle of Judicial Review Could Promote United Nations... Notes ∵ Revisiting Lockerbie: How a General Principle of Judicial Review Could Promote United Nations Security Council Reform Kate Renehan* 1 Introduction1 Despite its position at the centre of world politics, the United Nations (‘UN ’) is at a crossroads. Not only is the popularity of multilateralism in decline,2 but the structure and work of its most famous organ, the United Nations Security Council (‘the Council’), is the subject of increasing scrutiny and calls for reform.3 Three major criticisms dominate discussions about Council reform. First, the Council’s inability to deal with mass atrocities due to the stifling effect of the veto power.4 Second, how permanent membership is manifestly unrepresentative of modern power blocs at the , particularly Africa, Asia UN and the Middle East.5 Third, the inadequate working methods of the Council, predominantly regarding transparency of process, the Council’ post-s Cold War expansion of power, and the lack of compliance to legal limitations.6 This has led to concerted efforts in recent times to reform the Council. However, given the splintering of beliefs within the UN membership regarding ho w reform should proceed,7 meaningful reform is unlikely to occur in the immedi- ate future. * BIR , LLB (Hons) (ANU http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png The Australian Year Book of International Law Online Brill

Revisiting Lockerbie: How a General Principle of Judicial Review Could Promote United Nations Security Council Reform

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Brill
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Copyright © Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, The Netherlands
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2666-0229
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10.1163/26660229_03801013
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Notes ∵ Revisiting Lockerbie: How a General Principle of Judicial Review Could Promote United Nations Security Council Reform Kate Renehan* 1 Introduction1 Despite its position at the centre of world politics, the United Nations (‘UN ’) is at a crossroads. Not only is the popularity of multilateralism in decline,2 but the structure and work of its most famous organ, the United Nations Security Council (‘the Council’), is the subject of increasing scrutiny and calls for reform.3 Three major criticisms dominate discussions about Council reform. First, the Council’s inability to deal with mass atrocities due to the stifling effect of the veto power.4 Second, how permanent membership is manifestly unrepresentative of modern power blocs at the , particularly Africa, Asia UN and the Middle East.5 Third, the inadequate working methods of the Council, predominantly regarding transparency of process, the Council’ post-s Cold War expansion of power, and the lack of compliance to legal limitations.6 This has led to concerted efforts in recent times to reform the Council. However, given the splintering of beliefs within the UN membership regarding ho w reform should proceed,7 meaningful reform is unlikely to occur in the immedi- ate future. * BIR , LLB (Hons) (ANU

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The Australian Year Book of International Law OnlineBrill

Published: Dec 12, 2021

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