Argument: The UN veto fosters a system of checks and balances

Issue Report: UN Security Council veto


[Michael Reisman. Constitutional Crisis. American Journal of International Law. 83-84] ‘The most apparent constitutional limitation [in the United Nation’s framework] is the veto…[A]lthough the Charter does not incorporate a constitutional theory of checks and balances between separate branches, the reciprocal operation of the veto during the Cold War…created a system that was its functional equivalent.’
It seems that this view is influenced by the presidential veto as designed by the framers of the United States constitution – a device to allow an independent, disinterested executive to inhibit the passage of poorly considered legislation by partisans of popular movements in the Congress.”