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Transnational Democracy

Brun-Otto Bryde

in From Bilateralism to Community Interest

Published in print March 2011 | ISBN: 9780199588817
Published online May 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191725272 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199588817.003.0016
Transnational Democracy

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This chapter argues that the international rule of law has to be completed by transnational democracy. This is an imperative both from the perspective of a community-oriented conception of international law and from the perspective of democratic theory. Obviously this is an ambitious agenda: the dogmatic defenders of national sovereignty will challenge even the premises of this approach and there are only very modest beginnings in realizing transnational democracy in practice. It appears even more important to defend the most advanced example of this project — the European Parliament — against its detractors, the most prominent of which is the Second Senate of the Court.

Keywords: international law; rule of law; transnational democracy; European Parliament; Second Senate

Chapter.  5726 words. 

Subjects: Public International Law

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