In 2022, the United States dusted off the 1950 Uniting for Peace Resolution in order to obtain General Assembly condemnation of the Russian invasion of Ukraine. This was the first time in three decades that the Security Council and General Assembly had utilized the Uniting for Peace mechanism – a process designed to end-run a Security Council veto. Together with the General Assembly’s creation of the international investigative mechanism for Syria in 2016 over Russia’s objection, the use of the Uniting for Peace process to condemn Russia’s aggression represented a shift in power away from the Security Council and to the General Assembly, with potentially broad and long-term implications. This article examines the causes and consequences of that power shift.


U.N. Security Council, veto, U.N. General Assembly

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55 Case Western Reserve Journal of International Law (forthcoming 2023)


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