Loraine Sievers and Sam Daws, The Procedure of the UN Security Council, Fourth edition (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2014), XVIII, 725pp.

The Procedure of the UN Security Council is the definitive book of its kind, providing unique insight into the inside workings of the world’s preeminent body for the maintenance of international peace and security. The book’s first three editions have been widely read by UN diplomats and scholars for nearly 40 years. Now Loraine Sievers, former Chief of the UN Security Council Secretariat Branch, and Sam Daws, Director of the Project on UN Governance and Reform at the Centre for International Studies at Oxford University, have co-authored a comprehensively revised fourth edition. The fourth edition adds over 450 pages of new material, meticulously referenced, which details the rapid and extensive innovations in the Council’s procedures over the past two decades. Thoroughly grounded in the history and politics of the Security Council, the book explains the Council’s role in its wider UN Charter context. It also examines the Council’s relations with other UN organs, the International Criminal Court, and regional organizations. Surveying the Council’s subsidiary bodies, the book traces the remarkable expansion in UN peacekeeping, peacebuilding and political missions, as well as the sanctions committees, counter-terrorism bodies, and international legal tribunals established by the Council. The new edition contains detailed analysis of voting and other decision-taking by the Council, as well as the place, format, and conduct of meetings. Compellingly, it also illuminates the personalities behind the Council’s work, ranging from the diplomats who sit on the Council itself, to the UN Secretary-General, and those outside the Council affected by its decisions. The fourth edition concludes with reflections on issues relating to Security Council reform. A companion website for the book – www.scprocedure.org – traces updates in Council procedure and working methods since the book’s publication.

About the Authors
Sievers1Loraine Sievers served the United Nations for over thirty years, concluding her career as Chief of the Security Council Secretariat Branch. Among her primary responsibilities was providing guidance to Council members, particularly each month’s rotating presidency, concerning the Council’s procedures and practices. She also participated as the Secretariat expert to the Security Council Informal Working Group on Documentation and Other Procedural Questions from 2006 to 2011. Previously, Ms. Sievers served as Secretary to the Afghanistan and Sierra Leone Sanctions Committees, Programme Officer in the Iraq Oil for Food Programme, political analyst in the Regional Affairs Division, and speechwriter. She contributed to the Repertoire of the Practice of the Security Council and several of the UN Blue Books on conflict situations addressed by the Organization.

Sam-Daws-150x150Sam Daws directs a project on UN governance and reform at Oxford University. He recently served as Deputy Director (UN, Prime Minister’s Post-2015 team) in the UK Cabinet Office, and previously as Senior Principal Research Analyst in the Multilateral Policy Directorate of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. From 2000 to 2003, Mr. Daws served as First Officer in the Executive Office of UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan. He became Executive Director of the United Nations Association (UK) in 2004, and then Senior Advisor and UK Representative to the UN Foundation. Mr. Daws is co-author or editor of six books on the UN, including The Oxford Handbook on the United Nations. He is now writing a monograph for Oxford University Press on The Reform of the UN Security Council. Mr. Daws has been a Visiting Fellow at Cambridge in international law and at Yale in UN studies. He has served on international foundation and NGO boards, including the Academic Council on the UN System. He also directs a consultancy company, 3D Strategy.