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International Commercial & Investment Arbitration Research: International Organizations


International organizations, including IGOs (inter-governmental organizations) and NGOs (nongovernmental organizations) play an important role in the international legal system. IGOs are permanent associations of nation states created by treaty, often to monitor treaty compliance. IGOs also serve as forums for the adoption of new treaties. Given their status, IGOs can even enter into treaties with other IGOs or states.

In contrast, NGOs are non profit, private organizations established by individuals or groups. Arbitral bodies can fall into either category. When visiting the website of an international organization, it is always worth checking the structure of an organization, its mission and history in order to understand its status in the international legal system. 

International Commercial and Investment Arbitration: Institutions/Organizations

Major International Trade IGOs