Democratic governance and international law

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Gregory H. Fox (Author of Democratic Governance And International Law)

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International Human Rights and Democratic Public Ethics - Prof Richard Bellamy

The law on global governance that emerged after World War II was grounded in irrefutable trust in international organizations and an assumption that their subjection to legal discipline and judicial review would be unnecessary and, in fact, detrimental to their success.
Gregory H. Fox

Bringing Democracy into International Law

Democratic Governance and International Law. Gregory H. Fox , Brad R. Prior to the end of the Cold War, the word 'democracy' was rarely used by international lawyers. Few international organisations supported democratic governance, and the criteria for recognition of governments took little account of whether regimes enjoyed a popular mandate.

"This thought provoking book reflects a diversiyt of scholarly opinions on the relationship between democratic governance and international law." International .
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The question has become an urgent one. While the dramatic gains of the late twentieth century have not been erased, the global democratic wave plateaued between and , and has since suffered sustained reversals, not least within the West itself. It argues that the right to democratic governance is a layered and potentially severable edifice, parts of which now seem to be eroding but which is unlikely to be entirely undone by a reverse wave of democratic breakdowns and resurgent authoritarianism.

Representative democracy is the most widespread political system in the world today. At the same time, in a number of countries, democratic institutions and guarantees are subject to erosion with severe consequences for the respective population. This observation applies to all regions of the world and the recent developments in Hungary and Poland have shown that Europe is also not immune. However, there are also promising developments, like in Myanmar, where a parliamentary session in the first democratically elected government in more than 50 years has just begun. Nonetheless, some hopes for democratization have disappointed: so far the Arab Spring the series of anti-government protests which started about five years ago has not led to a thorough democratization in the region. Against this background, it might seem astounding to a number of international lawyers that a democracy obligation should be an existing principle of public international law. Pursuant to this, the democracy obligation is part of the law of international conventions and of customary international law.

4 thoughts on “Gregory H. Fox (Author of Democratic Governance And International Law)

  1. Edited by Gregory H. Fox, Chapman University, California, Brad R. Roth, Wayne State University, Detroit. Subjects: Politics and International Relations, International Relations and International Organisations, Law, Public International Law. Introduction: the spread of liberal.

  2. The latter is recommended since the idea of democracy in international law did not emerge ex nihilo.

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