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Student
Title
Supervisor
Faculty
Educational Programme
Final Grade
Year of Graduation
Marina Ustinova
Reform of the United Nations Security Council
Jurisprudence
(Bachelor’s programme)
2017
The problem of the United Nations Security Council reformation has become an important topic of theoretical and political concentration and inspired a lot of debate that started as far back as in 1979. The Security Council faces a credibility gap: both composition of the body and its working methods are subjected to criticism. Trying to find a solution to the problem, the UN member states form coalitions and propose their reformation projects.

The present research covers the history of the UN Security Council reformation process, examines the arguments in favour of and against the reform of the Council, describes various elements and problems of the reform. As a result of a close examination of different positions on every element, the average UNSC reform model project is constructed.

The author also notes that the UNSC reformation process participants lose sight of the fundamental issue of the Council’s functioning – its competence. However, the scope of the Security Council's authority changes over the time itself. The new UNSC powers that are not spelled out in the UN Charter but implemented by the Council as "flowing" from its primary responsibility for maintaining international peace and security appear, in accordance with the theories of "implied" and "immanent" competence. The most controversial "implied" power of the Council is international law-making. The author of the work reveals the problems of the process of reforming the Council’s powers and tries to find solutions to such problems.

The present bachelor thesis is intended to fill in the gap of previous studies, representing a new, average, model of a reformation project and drawing attention to the “inside” reformation of the UNSC that is the modification of its powers.

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