Learning Objectives

After studying this chapter, you will be able to do the following:

  • Define the terms intergovernmental organization (IGO) and nongovernmental organization (NGO), and explain their roles in the international system.
  • Define international law, and outline its historical development.
  • Explain the purpose and basic functions of the United Nations (UN).
  • Define the concept of interdependence.
  • Explain the function of regional organizations.
  • Define the concept of civil society.
  • Describe the major activities of the International Criminal Court (ICC) and explain the court’s relevance.