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16 Int'l Org. L. Rev. 1 (2019)

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                INTERNATIONAL   ORGANIZATIONS LAW REVIEW

 BRILL                          16 (2019) 1-10                        LAWRy
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New Approaches to the Accountability

of  International Organizations



        Kristen E Boon
        Seton Hall University
        kristen.boon@shuwedu


        Fr6d6ric Migret
        McGill University
        frederic.megret@mcgill.ca



The  United Nation's ('UN') record on accountability-related issues has never
been  perfect. Yet the UN has weathered  prior storms and  allegations of mal-
feasance, often without  significant damage.' This may  be due  to a generally
deferential approach  towards  international organizations ('IOs') by lawyers.2
However,  the 2013 launch of a class action asserting that UN peacekeepers had
introduced  cholera into Haiti was a watershed moment.3  The  suit alleged that
sewage  from a base for Nepalese  peacekeepers, who  were  part of an ongoing
UN  mission  in Haiti, introduced a rare strain of cholera into one of the main



i  An exception may be the Oil for Food scandal. See Christopher M Blanchard and Kenneth
   Katzman, 'Iraq: Oil-for-Food, Illicit Trade and Investigation' (Research Paper No RL30472,
   Congressional Research Service Report, noth US Congress, 2007) 13 wherein 'Oil for Food'
   Scandal implicated senior UN officials in kickbacks, evidence of corruption and mismanage-
   ment on the part of UN officials. However, it is notable that incidents of corruption are far
   more frequent than sexual exploitation and abuse, although they rarely make the news, and
   when they do, they seem to pass over quickly. See eg Criminal accountability of United Na-
   tions officials and experts on mission, UN Doc A/71/167 (20 July 2016) annex II. Marc Santora,
   Somini Sengupta, and Benjamin Weiser, 'Former UN President and Chinese Billionaire Are
   Accused in Graft Scheme, New York Times (online), 6 October 2015 <https://www.nytimes
   .com/2015/10/07/nyregion/john-ashe-top-united-nations-official-is-accused-in-bribery-
   scheme.html> named former president of the UN General AssemblyJohnWAshe in a crimi-
   nal complaint alleging a broad pattern of corruption.
2  Eyal Benvenisti, 'Upholding Democracy Amid the Challenges of New Technology? What Role
   for the Law of Global Governance' (2018) 29 European journal ofInternationalLaw.
3  Georges v United Nations (Southern District of New York, Complaint No 13-07146, 2013).


(  KONINKLIJKE BRILL NV, LEIDEN, 2019  DOI:10.1163/15723747-01601001

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