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The Right to Democracy in International Law: Between Procedure, Substance and the Philosophy of John Rawls

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The Right to Democracy in International Law: Between Procedure, Substance and the Philosophy of John Rawls

The Right to Democracy in International Law: Between Procedure, Substance and the Philosophy of John Rawls
Routledge | English | Jan. 20 2017 | ISBN-10: 1138294438 | 136 pages | PDF | 1.07 mb

By Khalifa A Alfadhel

This book explores the right to democracy in international law and contemporary democratic theory, asking whether international law encompasses a substantive or procedural understanding of the notion. The book considers whether there can be considered to be a basis for the right to democracy in international customary law through identification of the relevant State practice and opinio juris, as well as through an evaluation of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and whether the relevant provisions might be interpreted as forming customary law. The book then goes on to explore the relevant provisions in international treaties including the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights before looking at the role of regional organizations and human rights regimes including the European Court of Human Rights and the Arab human rights regime. Khalifa A. Alfadhel draws on the work of John Rawls in order to put forward a theoretical basis for the right to democracy.

About the Author
Khalifa A. Alfadhel is Assistant Professor of Public International Law at the University of Bahrain.