“In Northern Ireland”, Peter Hain opined in his autobiography Outside In (pictured left), there is “always a crisis around the corner” (p.323). There is more of a feel of truth than truism to the statement, especially as the on-the-runs scandal dominated recent headlines (before being eclipsed by developments in the Crimea). I’d be surprised if a good few Irish viewers watching the BBC 2 drama miniseries 37 Days, on the slide towards the First World War, haven’t felt there is something queasily apposite in the scenes where the UK Cabinet’s attention is wrenched away from the “muddy by-ways of Fermanagh and Tyrone” and towards a developing European Crisis. Continue reading “What the Dogs in the Street Know: On the Runs and Hanging Peter Hain Out to Dry”
President Abbas has submitted the application for a granting of Member State of the United Nations status to Palestine.
The Secretary General has forwarded the application to UN Security Council which is the body which initially adjudicates on its validity. Under the UN Charter, the admission of a new Member state is ‘effected by a decision of the General Assembly upon the recommendation of the Security Council”. The decision is to be made according to provisions of Article 4(1) of the Charter which stipulates that membership is open to ‘all peace-loving states which accept the obligations contained in the present Charter and, in the judgment of the organization, are able and willing to carry out these obligations’.
According to the International Court of Justice, no other conditions or requirements may be attached to membership apart from this (First Advisory Opinion of the Internatonal Court of Justice, Conditions of Admission of a State to Membership in the United Nations).
If the Security Council motion to approve the application is vetoed, what would follow within the U.N. system? Continue reading “The Palestine Member State Application: A Legal Explainer”