"Who Needs Reforming the Most - the U.N. or its Members?"

- Hans Corell

International Advisory Board member Hans Corell, the former Under-Secretary-General for Legal Affairs and Legal Counsel of the United Nations, spoke on the subject of U.N. reform at the monthly meeting of the San Diego County Bar Association International Law Section. The meeting was also the centennial regional meeting of the American Society of International Law.

Corell's remarks, titled "Who Needs Reforming the Most - the U.N. or its Members?", acknowledges some of the mistakes the U.N. has made over the years, most notably the Oil-for-Food Program for Iraq. However, he also redirects much of the criticism that the U.N. receives to the member states - especially the United States - for violations of the U.N. charter.

"The U.N. should certainly be criticized when it is appropriate," said Corell. "But one must be clear about where the criticism should be directed. Should one criticize the Secretariat, the General Assembly, the Security Council, or another U.N. body? One must also be aware that the criticism by some Member States is sometimes just a pretext to draw attention from the Members' own shortcomings."

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