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Invitation to round table discussion: Small States, International Law, and the Security Council


The International Peace Institute and the Permanent Mission of Estonia to the UN are pleased to invite you to a round table discussion on Small States, International Law, and the Security Council. This event will take at IPI on Monday, December 10th from 1:00pm to 2:45pm.

The international rule-based order is facing high-risk challenges on multiple fronts. What is at stake as a result of these challenges, and what are the paths forward? Among UN member states, small countries are most at risk if the international system further deteriorates into an older model of world order based on power politics and zero-sum games. However, if small states are most at risk, then they should also be predisposed to defend the order that protects them.

In a system dominated by large powerful states, can small states serve as effective champions of the rule-based order and international law? One place to begin to answer this question is the UN Security Council, a body that presents both critical opportunities and difficult challenges for small states. Given these opportunities and challenges, what role can small states play in defending international law on the Security Council?

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