Leveraging Power and Influence on the UN Security Council: The Role of Elected Members

UN Security Council


This project examines the fundamental problem of how elected members on the Security Council can influence Council decision-making and norm development. Assembling a research team of international lawyers and political scientists, the project provides a rigorous, multi-disciplinary evaluation of why and when non-permanent Council members have succeeded in impacting the Council's decision-making process, despite lacking the veto power available to the five permanent members. Drawing on recent experiences of elected members, including Australia, the project advances evidence-based and empirically-grounded policy proposals designed to increase the capacity of elected members to exercise power and influence over the Council's agenda and policy.

Fields of research

International Law; Human Rights and Justice Issues 

Project team

Associate Professor Jeremy Farrall

Associate Professor Christopher Michaelsen, University of New South Wales

Associate Professor Jochen Prantl, Australian National University

Dr Jeni Whalan, University of Queensland

Project output

Farrall, J., Loiselle, M., Michaelsen, C., Prantl, J., and Whalan, J., Elected Member Influence in the United Nations Security Council (March 17, 2019). Leiden Journal of International Law (forthcoming); ANU College of Law Research Paper No. 19.29. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3488824

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