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Proposed International Conventions on Nongovernmental Organizations

Comparative Table (1912-1987)

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Originally published in: Union of International Associations (Ed). International Associations Statutes Series (K G Saur Verlag, 1988), Appendix 3.8. (See commentary). The information in Appendices 4.1-4.13 is integrated into the comparative table as Appendix 3.8 of that volume.

Appendix 3.8: Comparative table (PDF file)

The various proposals for international conventions presented in Appendices 4 and 5 (see commentary) identify many different issues relevant to the legal status of international associations. Some of the issues are identified in many of the proposals; some in only a few of them.

The comparative table is designed to facilitate any overview of the information in the different proposals.

The left-hand column of the table identifies the theme discussed in the paragraphs or articles of a proposal. It can also be used as a form of index.

The columns of the table itself carry titles corresponding to the Appendix number, as well as the year of the proposal. Each column therefore corresponds to one of the proposals. If a particular proposal (reproduced in one of the Appendices of this volume) contains information corresponding to one of the themes indicated in the left-hand column, then in the column for that appendix number, and on the row for that theme, will appear the number of the article or paragraph in the text of the proposal in which the information appears. This may be a simple paragraph number (e.g. 3), a more complex number (e.g. 3.7), or several paragraph numbers (e.g. 4, 13, 27). The numbers correspond to those used in the appendix and may therefore be in the form of roman numerals. Where the information appears in the preamble to the proposal the special abbreviation "Pre" is used.

One merit of the presentation in this table is that it makes possible some comparison between the proposals for international associations in Appendix 4 with those international conventions on similar issues in Appendix 5, usually with respect to intergovernmental organizations or their personnel. Clearly many issues have been articulated to a much greater degree in the case of such intergovernmental concerns.

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