What is the Repertory of Practice of United Nations Organs? What is the Repertoire of Practice of the Security Council? What is the difference?
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Both publications provide detailed analysis of the activities of the United Nations and 

  • relate actions of the organs to Charter provisions,
  • cover actions from 1946 onwards,
  • cite to UN documents,
  • have tables and data about UN activities,
  • were issued initially in the 1950s, with later supplements issued at irregular intervals,
  • are available in full text  and can be searched on-line.

The Repertory of Practice of United Nations Organs

  • covers all organs,
  • is organized by article of the UN Charter,
  • covers a specific time period in each supplement (from 2-10 years),
  • is structured like a treaty commentary, but more detailed.

The Repertoire of the Practice of the Security Council

  • covers actions taken by the Security Council,
  • is organized by topic,
  • covers a specific time period in each supplement (from 2-5 years),
  • includes analysis of procedural matters as well as matters that fall under the Charter provisions related to the Security Council.
  • The on-line version includes additional analysis, under Research Tools section of website.

The differences are:

  • The Repertory covers all organs, the Repertoire focuses on the Security Council
    • Because of the overlap, parts of the Repertory that concern the Security Council may not have been updated in the latest supplements available on-line
    • For information about recent Security Council actions not covered in the Repertory, check the Repertoire
  • The Repertory is organized by Charter article
  • The Repertoire is organized by topic and Charter article


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