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The Legal and Political Status of International Parliamentary Institutions

by Claudia Kissling Freie Universität Berlin, Germany





Table of contents

1. Introduction

2. Inter-Parliamentary GRINGOs

2.1. Issue-related GRINGOs

3. International or Regional Parliamentary Organizations

3.1. International personality sui generis
3.2. Mode of establishment
3.3. Identification of personality
3.4. What kind of status?
3.5. Relationship with IGOs
3.6. Facilitation of regional integration
3.7. Other rights and tasks
3.8. The Inter-Parliamentary Union

4. International or Regional Parliamentary Specialized Agencies

4.1. Forms of IGO recognition
4.2. Mode of establishment
4.3. Other rights affecting legal status
4.4. Decision-making vis-à-vis IGOs
4.5. Objectives
4.6. Other powers and formal role vis-à-vis IGOs
4.7. Independence from governments and budgetary control
4.8. Political influence

5. Parliamentary Organs of International or Regional Organisations

5.1. Main powers
5.2. Legislative and oversight functions
5.3. Budgetary authority
5.4. Other rights and functions
5.5. The European Parliament
5.6. The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe

6. Conclusions

6.1. Exponential growth of IPIs
6.2. Steady increase of rights and competences
6.3. Awareness of difference between oversight and representation
6.4. Danger of overlaps?
6.5. Inner structures, elections and goals
6.6. Overcoming the international democratic deficit
6.7. A global parliamentary assembly


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