International Intergovernmental Organizations Promote International Rule of Law

Alexia Solomou and Hong Tang

The United Nations (UN) is one of the largest international intergovernmental organizations in the world. It was founded in 1945, and it is currently made up of 193 member states. Its founding document is the UN Charter, which is considered a treaty under the US Constitution. The central role of the UN in global governance—especially in promoting “the rule of law at the national and international levels” and in ensuring equal access to justice for all—was recognized by Goal 16 of the “Sustainable Development Goals” in 2015.

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