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On the Legitimacy of International Institutions

16 Pages Posted: 11 Jan 2007  

Date Written: January 2007


The concept of legitimacy can occupy a useful space in international law. For example, a de facto government is the legitimate government compared to a de jure government which is the lawful government. International customary law is legitimate by definition. But international institutions, although lawful, are less legitimate because their interests are exclusive - even though they purport to serve inclusive interests.

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D'Amato, Anthony, On the Legitimacy of International Institutions (January 2007). Northwestern Public Law Research Paper No. 06-35. Available at SSRN: or

Anthony D'Amato (Contact Author)

Northwestern University - Pritzker School of Law ( email )

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Chicago, IL 60611
United States

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