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Max Planck Encyclopedia of Public International Law [MPEPIL]

Elections, Right to Participate in, International Protection

Niels Petersen

From: Oxford Public International Law (http://opil.ouplaw.com). (c) Oxford University Press, 2015. All Rights Reserved.date: 12 November 2019

Nationality of individuals — Equality before the law — Right to vote and to be elected — Democracy

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

1 For a long time, the right to participate in elections has played only a marginal role in the international debate on human rights . Although the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (1948) (‘UDHR’), in its Art. 21 (3) already contained a right to periodic and genuine elections, the competition of the socialist and the liberal democratic models of the State almost suppressed a scholarly debate on this issue. The design of the political system was perceived as part of the domaineréservé . Only after the end of the Cold War (1947–91) did international law...
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