On the Legitimacy of International Institutions
Northwestern University - Pritzker School of Law
Northwestern Public Law Research Paper No. 06-35
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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Date posted: January 11, 2007