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Max Planck Encyclopedia of Public International Law [MPEPIL]

Democracy, Right to, International Protection

Gregory H Fox

Subject(s):
Democracy — Civil and political rights — Self-determination

Published under the auspices of the Max Planck Foundation for International Peace and the Rule of Law under the direction of Rüdiger Wolfrum.

1 Political democracy has been an increasingly central concern of international organizations and international law since the end of the Cold War (1947–91) . Some regional organizations, such as the Council of Europe (COE) and the Organization of American States (OAS) , had proclaimed democracy as a goal prior to the early 1990s. But the East–West divide, with its profound disagreement over notions of governmental legitimacy , precluded any international legal commitment to ‘democracy,’ as there was no agreement on either its desirability or its precise meaning....
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