What is the Simma Commentary on the Charter of the United Nations?
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The Charter of the United Nations: A Commentary. Edited by Bruno Simma, Daniel-Erasmus Khan, Georg Nolte, and Andreas Paulus. 3rd ed. Oxford: Oxford University Press. 2012. 

Available in print and online:

  • Call Number: Ref 341.13 (04) C489 
  • Oxford Public International Law subscription: Volume 1, Volume 2 (UNHQ or other subscribing institutions only)

The Commentary on the UN Charter is the primary English reference book on the Charter and is a wonderful resource for researching all aspects of the work of the UN. Not only does the Commentary provide in-depth research on the Charter, it also refers researchers to additional resources and UN documents.

The third edition (2012) includes:

  • Table of cases
  • Table of instruments
  • Text of the Charter and the Statute of the International Court of Justice
  • Drafting history of the Charter as a whole
  • Chapter on UN Reform
  • Chapter on Interpretation of the Charter
  • In-depth analysis of each Article of the Charter with:
    • Text of Charter Article
    • Select bibliography
    • Introduction
    • Drafting history
    • Interpretation
    • Application of the Article
    • Citation to references including both scholarly sources and UN documents
  • Annexes with Rules of Procedure of the General Assembly, Provisional Rules of Procedure of the Security Council, and Working Methods document of Security Council (S/2010/507)
  • Index


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