International Journal of Humanities and Social Science

ISSN 2220-8488 (Print), 2221-0989 (Online) 10.30845/ijhss

The Legality of the Security Council Powers Expansion
Dr Maysa Bydoon, Dr. Gasem M. S Al-Own

This article will be examining the new powers to be exercised by the United Nation Security Council (UNSC) whilst suppressing terrorism through the Freezing Orders( FO), by exercising judicial and legislative powers. In addition, the effects of this new expansion will be examined, where the intention of the UNSC to expand its powers has become very clear in recent years, especially following the end of the Cold War. However legal questions regarding this expansion became more urgent recently. This article will discuss the question of the ultra vires acts of the UNSC in its efforts to freeze suspected terrorists’ assets in order to suppress terrorism. In its recent FO resolutions, the UNSC has expanded its power in two different ways: by acting judicially and by acting legislatively. These two expansions in powers will be described, as will the relationship between them. Then the legality of this expansion will be examined, which will ultimately conclude that the UNSC has acted ultra vires .

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