How legitimate are international organisations?
Do they have the right to intervene in conflicts?
What does legitimacy look like, and how is it created?
These were the key questions discussed at the UNU event, Fault Lines of International Legitimacy, in the wake of the recent publication of the book of the same name.
Against the backdrop of the high profile events in Iraq, Afghanistan and Darfur in recent years, international legitimacy has become one of the most hotly debated topics in international relations and political science.
Whilst the number of demands on international organisations such as the UN are increasing, issues over the proper and realistic extent of their powers remain open to debate.
Featuring three contributors to the volume, this event assessed the state of international legitimacy today, and explored ways to strengthen legitimacy in the future.
Conference Room D, Temporary North Lawn Building,