EISSN 2532-3474 - ISSN 2532-649X - Padova University Press

Towards an Integrated Approach to Democracy in International Law

TitleTowards an Integrated Approach to Democracy in International Law
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2018
AuthorsKrivenko, E. Yahyaoui
Secondary TitlePeace Human Rights Governance
Date Published11/2018
PublisherPadova University Press
Place PublishedPadova, IT
ISSN Number2532-649X
Keywordsdemocracy, international law, Islamic separation of powers, ubuntu

The article starts from the premise that international law scholarship’s approach to the study of democracy is caught in a vicious circle because of the separation between the study of democracy within states on one side and democratic credentials of international institutions and international law more broadly on the other side. In order to overcome this vicious circle, the article proposes that international law scholarship needs to develop an integrated approach to democracy. Such an integrated approach to democracy shall start from a purposeful reflection on meanings and practices of democracy going beyond the traditional western European heritage. Using the example of practices of democracy emerging from Islamic tradition and reflection on meanings of democracy in an African tradition the article demonstrates how an integrated approach to democracy can work and establishes its importance for resolving international law’s continuing problems with democracy.