Vanderbilt Journal of Transnational Law

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While few commentators question the international status of the Community in relation to the Member States and those countries with which it has negotiated treaties, the question of whether the Common Market possesses a universally recognizable personality remains open. In determining the international status of the United Nations, the ICJ in the Reparations Case stated that fifty states, "representing the vast majority of the members of the international community, had the power in conformity with international law to bring into being an entity possessing an objective international personality and not only personality recognized by them alone. If this recognition standard determines when an entity has international legal personality, then the increasing membership in the Common Market may indicate that it has objective international personality. Furthermore, over fifty states have implicitly recognized the EEC by entering into commercial negotiations with it or sending diplomatic missions to it.