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Conceptualizing Accountability in Public International Law
Netherlands Yearbook of International Law (2005)
  • Deirdre Curtin, University of Amsterdam
  • André Nollkaemper, University of Amsterdam

This article introduces in general terms the concept of accountability and its potential to international and European legal scholarship. It argues that the scale of the shifts in governance and public authority away from the territorial state towards different forms and levels of governance, within and beyond the parameters of the traditional nation state, call for shifts in accountability relatiosnhips beyond that applicable within the confines of the territorial state. This, in turn, requires a rethinking of the concept, aims and forms of accountability applying in international and European law. The articles explore five afspects of the concept of accountability: the aims of accountability, the actors involved in processes of accountability, the institutions to which accountability must be rendered, the process of accountability, and the levels of accountability. In each regard, the concept of accountability enables us to move beyond traditional concepts of the international legal order such as liability and responsibility and to gain a better understanding of appropriate responses to abuses of power resulting from shifts in authority.

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Deirdre Curtin and André Nollkaemper. "Conceptualizing Accountability in Public International Law" Netherlands Yearbook of International Law Vol. 36 (2005)
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