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The Ottawa Convention Banning Landmines, The Role of International Non-governmental Organizations and the Idea of International Civil Society


Kenneth Anderson


American University - Washington College of Law; Stanford University - The Hoover Institution on War, Revolution and Peace; Brookings Institution - Governance Studies


European Journal of International Law, Vol. 11, Issue 1, 2000

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Establishment of the Ottawa Convention Banning Landmines was regarded by many international law scholars, international activists, diplomats and international organization personnel as a defining, 'democratizing' change in the way international law is made. By bringing international NGOs - what is often called 'international civil society' - into the diplomatic and international law-making process, many believe that the Ottawa Convention represented both a democratization of, and a new source of legitimacy for, international law, in part because it was presumably made 'from below'. This article sharply questions whether the Ottawa Convention and the process leading up to it represents and real 'democratization' of international law, challenges the idea that there is even such a thing as 'international civil society', at least in the sense that it is democratic and comes 'from below', and disputes that there can be such a thing as 'democratic' processes at the global level. It suggests, by way of alternative, that the Ottawa Convention and the process leading up to it should be seen as a step in the development of global transnational elites at the expense of genuinely democratic, but hence local, processes.

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Anderson, Kenneth, The Ottawa Convention Banning Landmines, The Role of International Non-governmental Organizations and the Idea of International Civil Society. European Journal of International Law, Vol. 11, Issue 1, 2000. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=233561

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Kenneth Anderson (Contact Author)
American University - Washington College of Law ( email )
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Stanford University - The Hoover Institution on War, Revolution and Peace
Stanford, CA 94305-6010
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Brookings Institution - Governance Studies
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Washington, DC 20036
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