International organisations

This page highlights some of the current parliamentary material available on international organisations. This includes select committee reports, briefing papers on current legislation and other subjects produced by the parliamentary research services, and the latest Early Day Motions put down by MPs.

Commons Briefing Papers

DateDescription
09.11.2016Applying to the European Court of Human Rights
Members of Parliament are often asked how constituents can take a case to the European Court of Human Rights. This Commons Library briefing summarises the main features of the process, and emphasises recent changes to it.
26.08.2016Brexit: impact across policy areas
This Commons Library briefing paper looks at the current situation in a range of policy areas and considers what impact Brexit might have. This will depend, among other things, on the Brexit negotiations, whether the UK stays in the European Economic Area and how the Government fills any policy gaps left by withdrawal.
25.08.2016The Occupied Palestinian Territories: recent developments
Security conditions have been worsening in the West Bank and Gaza in recent months, while the two-state solution seems to be going nowhere. The Palestinian leadership's attempts to gain state recognition have had some success, but have not improved the situation on the ground, as politics in both Israel and the Occupied Territories seem to become less conducive to a negotiated settlement.
30.06.2016Brexit: how does the Article 50 process work?
This Commons Library briefing paper looks at the process of withdrawing from the EU under Article 50 of the Treaty on European Union. There could be a complex and difficult negotiation lasting two years or more, or the UK could leave without settling its exit terms or its future relationship with the EU.
29.06.2016Nuclear Weapons: Disarmament and Non-Proliferation Regimes
In an attempt to reduce the dangers posed by existing nuclear arsenals and prevent the further proliferation of nuclear weapons technology, a complex international nuclear arms control architecture has evolved. This paper is intended as an introduction of each of these arms control regimes. It is also part of a Library briefing series on nuclear weapons.
20.06.2016The 0.7% aid target
The UK Government has met the 0.7% aid target since 2013. Since 2015, the target has been legally binding. The UK Government says that meeting the target is in the national interest. However, in recent months, opponents of the target -- and of foreign aid spending more broadly -- have waged a campaign against it.
07.06.2016A new UK judge for the European Court of Human Rights
Who will be the UK's new judge for the European Court of Human Rights? This Commons Library briefing paper looks at the two-stage process, the UK candidates, and recent criticisms and reforms.
29.03.2016EU external agreements: EU and UK procedures
This Commons Library briefing looks at the procedures and some of the problems linked to treaty negotiation and ratification in the EU and the Member States, with particular reference to the UK. The EU concludes many international agreements with third States or international organisations. How does the EU negotiate these agreements and how does the UK scrutinise and ratify them?
14.12.2015The 2015 UK National Security Strategy
The Commons Library has published a briefing which provides an overview and analysis of the 2015 UK National Security Strategy (NSS). Published on 23 November 2015, the NSS is incorporated into a single document with the Strategic Defence and Security Review (SDSR), which sets out the specific policies and capabilities flowing from the strategy.
16.11.2015UK delegation to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe
How democratic is the UK's 'democratic conscience'?

Lords Library Notes

DateDescription
12.05.2016Queen's Speech 2016 Day 2: Foreign and European Affairs, International Development and Defence
The House of Lords is due to debate the Queen's Speech over four days between 19 and 25 May 2016. This briefing is one of four prepared by the House of Lords Library to cover the themes of each day of debate.
20.01.2016Work of the Ad Hoc Committees in 2013-14
This House of Lords Library briefing provides an overview of the work of the five ad hoc Lords Select Committees which reported in the 2013-14 session.
10.07.2015The 'Responsibility to Protect' and the Application of this International Norm by the UK and the UN
This Library Note provides background information on the 'Responsibility to Protect' (R2P) concept; surveys instances in which the concept has been either invoked or considered by the UN Security Council; and summarises challenges to the concept and the position of the UK Government on the doctrine. It has been written to support the debate in the House of Lords on this subject scheduled to take place on 16 July 2015.
05.12.2014Global Development Goals in 2015
On 11 December 2014, the House of Lords is scheduled to debate the following motion: 'that this House takes note of the case for establishing new global development goals in 2015'.
19.11.2013Debate on 21 November: Her Majesty's Government's Policy Towards Countries Responsible for Violations of Human Rights
This Library Note provides background reading for the debate to be held on Thursday, 21 November to take note of Her Majesty's Government's policy towards countries responsible for violations of human rights.
14.10.2013Debate on 17 October: Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in Sri Lanka
Debate on 17 October: Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in Sri Lanka

POSTnotes

DateDescription
17.09.2012Measuring National Wellbeing
This POSTnote summarises the latest research on measuring national wellbeing, its components and causes, and examines some policy implications.

Early Day Motions

DateDescription
16.12.2009RWANDA AND THE COMMONWEALTH
That this House welcomes Rwanda's entry into the Commonwealth as its 54th Member State and the decision of Commonwealth leaders to accept Rwanda's application; recognises the remarkable ...
07.12.2009COMMONWEALTH HEADS OF GOVERNMENT MEETING 2011
That this House welcomes the decision taken at the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting 2009, held in Trinidad and Tobago, to name Australia as the host of the 2011 conference; ...
29.06.2009INTERNATIONAL RENEWABLE ENERGY AGENCY (No. 2)
That this House notes that as of 24 June 2009, the Government has agreed to become a full signatory to and to join the International Renewable Energy Agency; congratulates the Secretary ...
01.04.2009TAIWAN'S PARTICIPATION IN WORLD HEALTH ORGANISATION
That this House regrets that the World Health Organisation (WHO) has opposed including Taiwan's participation as an observer to the World Health Assembly (WHA) on its agenda since 1997; ...
26.02.2009COMMONWEALTH DAY 2009 AND THE COMMONWEALTH AT 60
That this House marks Commonwealth Day on 9 March; notes the importance of the theme for 2009, which is The Commonwealth at 60 - serving a new generation; believes that the Commonwealth ...

Glossary

  • Commons Briefing Papers (CBP) Papers providing in-depth and impartial analysis on every major piece of primary legislation and on other topics of public and parliamentary concern. Regular statistics papers are also published.
  • Early Day Motions (EDMs) - formal motions submitted by MPs in the House of Commons
  • POSTnotes (POST PN) - proactive four-page policy briefings from the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology based on reviews of the research literature, interviews with stakeholders and peer review, commissioned by the POST Board
  • Lords Library Notes (LLN) - authored publications by the research section of the House of Lords Library that provide analysis of Bills, subjects for debate in the House and other issues of interest to Members.
  • Select Committee Reports - papers produced by all select committees of both Houses