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The Concept of Legitimacy in International Law

LEGITIMACY IN INTERNATIONAL LAW, Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law, 2008

UGA Legal Studies Research Paper No. 07-013

9 Pages Posted: 29 Nov 2007  

Daniel Bodansky

Arizona State University Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law

Abstract

Remarks at a workshop on "Legitimacy in International Law" held in June 2006 at the Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law. The paper analyzes the relationship of legitimacy to legality and to self-interest; argues that much of the writing on legitimacy fails to distinguish adequately between normative and sociological legitimacy; observes that legitimacy is among the class of concepts that we can define with more confidence negatively than positively; and recommends analyzing the problem of legitimacy in a more differentiated, contextual way, focusing on how much authority an institution exercises, the nature of the issues it exercises authority over, and the type of authority it exercises.

Keywords: Legitimacy, International Law

JEL Classification: K32, K33

Suggested Citation

Bodansky, Daniel, The Concept of Legitimacy in International Law. LEGITIMACY IN INTERNATIONAL LAW, Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law, 2008; UGA Legal Studies Research Paper No. 07-013. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1033542

Daniel Bodansky (Contact Author)

Arizona State University Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law ( email )

Box 877906
Tempe, AZ 85287-7906
United States

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