Revision of the United Nations Charter: A Study of Various Approaches

Although the United Nations Charter has survived rigorous tests of practice and application, all will doubtless agree that it should now undergo careful review if not thorough revision. Review in moderate terms is a matter of continuous international process, the Charter’s structures and rules being regularly applied to the situations of everyday international life. As the necessary precondition to revision, however, the Charter will be subjected to a more deliberate, systematic, and searching review before concrete proposals for revision reach a competent international authority. Thus review is at once exploratory and promising. But revision is much more.