Security Council resolutions have undergone an important evolution over the last two decades. While continuing its traditional role of determining state-specific threats to peace and engaging accordingly in various peaceful or coercive measures, the Security Council has also adopted resolutions that have effectively imposed legal obligations on all United Nations member states.

This book seeks to move away from the discussions of whether the Security Council – in the current composition and working methods – is representative, capable or productive. Rather it assesses whether legislative activity by the Security Council can be beneficial to international peace and security. The authors examine and critique the capacities of the Security Council to address thematic international threats - such as terrorism, weapons proliferations, targeting of civilians, recruitment of child soldiers, piracy – as an alternative to the traditional model of addressing country-specific situations on a case-by-case basis. Ultimately, the book seeks to assess the efficacy of the Security Council as global legislator in terms of complementing the Security Council’s mandate for the maintenance of international peace and security with a preventative and norm-setting capacity.

The book presents views from a diverse range of Security Council stakeholders including academic scholars, political analysts, and international lawyers. This resource will be of great interest to students of international relations, international organizations and international security studies alike.

chapter 2|22 pages

Constitutionalism and the law

Evaluating the Security Council

chapter 3|17 pages

The coming “Coke moment”

chapter 4|20 pages

Parsing Security Council resolutions

A five-dimensional taxonomy of normative properties

chapter 5|26 pages

Quis custodiet consilium securitatis?

Reflections on the law-making powers of the security council

chapter 6|27 pages

A legislative evolution

Security Council resolution 1540 revisited

chapter 9|21 pages

The Security Council as global executive but not global legislator

The case of child soldiers

chapter 10|21 pages

The Security Council as legislator and norm builder

Impacts on efforts to promote the women, peace and security agenda

chapter 12|17 pages

From environmental governance to environmental legislation

The case of climate change at the Security Council

chapter 13|25 pages

The Security Council and ad hoc tribunals

Law and politics, peace and justice

chapter 15|16 pages


The Security Council as global legislator