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From Bilateralism to Community InterestEssays in Honour of Bruno Simma$
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Ulrich Fastenrath, Rudolf Geiger, Daniel-Erasmus Khan, Andreas Paulus, Sabine von Schorlemer, and Christoph Vedder

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199588817

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199588817.001.0001

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Transnational Democracy

Transnational Democracy

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(p.211) Transnational Democracy
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From Bilateralism to Community Interest
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Brun-Otto Bryde

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199588817.003.0016

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

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