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Democracy And International Law

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In the field of international law, mainly two terms suffer from the lack of definition although they are permanently and strikingly presented. The Declaration on Principles of International Law concerning Friendly Relations and Co-operation among States in accordance with the Charter of the United Nations (1970) emphasises the freedom of states to shape autonomously their political and social life without interference from other states. The concept of democracy, the true core of which is to enable the majority of members of a community to finally decide about their needs, could only be realised if the right of the governmental votes corresponds to the number of the represented population. In international law a strict claim for democracy and a strict prohibition on treating undemocratic governments as lawful are unacceptable as long as no guarantee exists that democracy would never infringe upon international law.

Keywords: democracy; international law; United Nations



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