1 The term ‘legitimacy’ is used variably in literature. In the present context it is meant to refer to the justification of the exercise of public authority, the latter being understood as equivalent to having the power to take binding decisions. Such decisions may be general or specific in nature. Most of the literature cited below refers to ‘legitimacy in international law’ having models of legitimizing State authority in mind. The term ‘democratization of international law’ has also been used (Reisman). Legitimacy is to be distinguished from legality...
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