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Max Planck Encyclopedia of Public International Law [MPEPIL]

Democracy, Right to, International Protection

Gregory H Fox

From: Oxford Public International Law (http://opil.ouplaw.com). (c) Oxford University Press, 2023. All Rights Reserved.date: 26 May 2024

Democracy — Civil and political rights — Self-determination

Published under the auspices of the Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law under the direction of Professor Anne Peters (2021–) and Professor Rüdiger Wolfrum (2004–2020). 

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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