Accountability and Independence of International Election Observers
Published in: 6 International Organizations Law Review (2009), pp. 541-580.
41 Pages Posted: 6 Aug 2009 Last revised: 18 Jul 2014
Date Written: August 1, 2009
International Election Monitoring has become ever more important in the national as well as the international context. Plenty of (regional) International Organizations (and NGOs) send Election Observers Missions (EOMs) to countries in order to assess the quality of their democratic process and elections. Whereas the influence of EOMs is largely undisputed, their independence, impartiality and accountability have been less discussed. This paper describes the legal set-up of EOMs in order to assess their independence. It also uses accountability mechanisms as discussed in international law scholarship (ILA Report and the Global Administrative Law project) in order to analyze the accountability mechanisms currently in place for EOMs.
Keywords: International Election Monitoring, Election Observers Missions, democratic elections
JEL Classification: F19, H11, H7, K33, F53, F55, D72
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