Democracies and International Law

Democracies and International Law, Cambridge University Press 2021

32 Pages Posted: 21 Apr 2022

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Tom Ginsburg

University of Chicago Law School

Date Written: Dec 2, 2021


Democracies and authoritarian regimes have different approaches to international law, grounded in their different forms of government. As the balance of power between democracies and non-democracies shifts, it will have consequences for international legal order. Human rights may face severe challenges in years ahead, but citizens of democratic countries may still benefit from international legal cooperation in other areas. Ranging across several continents, this volume surveys the state of democracy-enhancing international law, and provides ideas for a way forward in the face of rising authoritarianism.

Keywords: international law, constitutions, liberalism, authoritarianism, treaties, China

JEL Classification: K1

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Ginsburg, Tom, Democracies and International Law (Dec 2, 2021). Democracies and International Law, Cambridge University Press 2021, Available at SSRN:

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