University of Baltimore Journal of International Law


In the contemporary world, NGOs are playing significant roles in international cooperation and globalization. This actively promotes the formation of a global society. Accompanying that, NGOs also have an increased international political influence. Against this background, some scholars believe the rise of NGOs will create an era of individuals’ emancipation from the sovereign states, while others consider that the golden age of autonomy has passed. This paper studies the essence of the association dominated by NGOs and how this association affects individuals in international politics. This paper suggests that the ideal subject for NGOs is one with clearly defined and precise goals and is isolated or compatible with other subjects lest drawing governments’ hostility. The idealized NGOs predominating over all fields may create enterprise association and also help to contribute to a closed international society. The voice of individuals will be silenced in enterprise association and closed society. Therefore, NGOs should function objectively as subsidiary subjects of civil association. If NGOs intrude into the international political field, they will harm individuals.