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Democratizing International Law


Steven R. Ratner


University of Michigan Law School

Robert E. Goodin


Australian National University (ANU) - Research School of Social Sciences (RSSS)

June 3, 2011

Global Policy, Volume 2, issue 3, pp. 241-47
U of Michigan Public Law Research Paper No. 278

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Jus cogens are peremptory norms of international law. No treaty between states can violate them. They are based on fundamental moral precepts and are supposed to reflect a global consensus. As a result, the views of the people of the world – not just states and courts and international lawyers – ought to be assessed as part of that. Direct democratic input into what should be considered jus cogens can be promoted by convening Global Citizens’ Juries on the norms under discussion. Deliberations in small groups of people drawn from many nations can provide robust indicators of what world opinion would be, if everyone had access to similar information and discussions. Where broad consensus emerges across several such Global Citizens’ Juries, countries, courts and others ought to take that into account in deciding what to treat as peremptory norms of international law. Such a process would mark a significant contribution to improving the democratic deficit that currently prevails in making and implementing international law.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 26

Keywords: global justice, international law, citizens juries, jus cogens

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Ratner, Steven R. and Goodin, Robert E., Democratizing International Law (June 3, 2011). Global Policy, Volume 2, issue 3, pp. 241-47; U of Michigan Public Law Research Paper No. 278. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2047187

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Steven R. Ratner (Contact Author)
University of Michigan Law School ( email )
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Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1215
United States
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Australian National University (ANU) - Research School of Social Sciences (RSSS) ( email )
Canberra, Australian Capital Territory 0200
Australia
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