Promoting Democracy through International Law

Mar 31, 2004

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Abstract

The contributors argue that the Bush administration’s approach to democratization does not draw adequately on international law. The trial of Saddam Hussein and treatment of prisoners of war violate normal due process and, equally importantly, are symptomatic of an attitude that places elections first and basic human rights second. As a result, the model of democracy that is being promoted in and beyond the Arab world is neither sufficiently effective nor legitimate in the eyes of local populations and the international community.

The contributors propose a range of actions to enable the U.S. to regain its position as a standard-bearer on civil and political rights. They also discuss the relative merits of trials and truth commissions, the doctrine of pre-emption, and the role of the media.

Table of ContentsForeword from the PresidentJoel Rosenthal

PROMOTING DEMOCRACY THROUGH INTERNATIONAL LAW Democracy and Rule of Law Endangered Remarks by Andrew Kuper

How International Law Strengthens New Democracies Remarks by Richard Goldstone

No Democracy without International Law Remarks by Aryeh Neier

Questions and Answers 1. Trials versus truth commissions 2. Responsible media and the complexity of international law 3. The Bush Doctrine of pre-emption: Is it legal? 4. Would a democracy compliance mechanism work?

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