Institutionalising Morality: The UN Security Council and the Fundamental Norms of the International Legal Order

  • Dennis R. Schmidt
Part of the Palgrave Studies in International Relations book series (PSIR)


This chapter considers the relationship between international law and the role and practice of the UN Security Council. Proceeding from the assumption that all international organizations are constituted, constrained, and empowered by the fundamental moral principles of the international legal order, it explores the way in which the norms of jus cogens have shaped the Security Council’s institutional environment and practice. It suggests that as a manifestation of the moral principles of international law, jus cogens norms have forged and defined the SC beyond the legal framework set out in the UN Charter. At the same time, it shows that the content and relevance of jus cogens itself have been shaped through Security Council successes and failures.


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  • Dennis R. Schmidt
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  1. 1.University of TübingenTübingenGermany

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