The Central Commission for the Navigation of the Rhine (CCNR), a transnational institution ?

The Central Commission for the Navigation of the Rhine (CCNR) is usually known as the oldest international organisation of modern times. Created at the Vienna Congress in 1815, it is normally viewed as a typical public international law product, based on classic interstate relations. Can it also be analysed from a transnational administrative law perspective? This is what we try to consider in this article: its theoretical roots, based on a certain concept of freedom of navigation, and its sociological background, characterised by a strong sense of community, have laid foundation to an original administrative organisation, which may be described as transnational.
The future of this model within the broader EU system is now questioned. A transnational administrative law approach may shed a renewed light into this ongoing debate.