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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