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Introduction The General Assembly consists of all member states of the United Nations In accordance with Article 10 of the UN Charta the Assembly has the power to discuss any matters it sees fit and to make recommendations to its members unless the Security Council has seized itself to the situation Article 12 of UN Charta Therefore if there is an argument for an international parliament the only contender must be the United Nations General Assembly Though the influence of the General Assembly cannot be compared to those of a national parliament The Assembly has and is producing a great number of important resolutions however their legal nature is questionable It is the aim of this essay to examine to what extent the resolutions of the General Assembly influence the development of international law Influence of resolutions of the General Assembly on the development of international law Article 38 1 of the Statute of the International Court of Justice comprises a list of legal principles which should be applied by the Court in determining the rules of international law This Article provides the recognised sources of international law to be treaty custom general principles and the opinions of academics and tribunals This list is not exhaustive it is merely an indication to the Court as to the sources it may use The resolutions of the General Assembly are not mentioned in Article 38 which leads to the question of their legal status There are different opinions on this subjectIt is arguable to believe that General Assembly resolutions do not influence the development of international law because of their political nature Consequently they only determine moral and political principles which are of no legal validity On the other hand one may suggest to designate the resolutions of the General Assembly as quasi-legislative value From this it follows that the resolutions can be compared to binding rules thus
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