Journals Higher Education

Governmental Illegitimacy in International Law

Brad R. Roth

  • Examines the 'recognition' practices of individual states from a new angle i.e., when can international actors question the legal capacity of a ruling apparatus to assert rights, confer immunities etc. on behalf of the state
  • Explains the complexities of the problems of collective non-recognition of governments and the diversity, in both theory and practice of the world's political systems
  • Deals with issues that are timely in the wake of the 1998 Sierra Leone invasion and the 1994 Haiti intervention
  • Uses an interdisciplinary approach, drawing on legal and political theory and comparative politics as well as international legal doctrine
  • Explores the diverse ways in which governments, including those rejecting liberal democracy, have claimed to embody 'the will of the people'
  • Details the history of the international system's efforts to address the problem of 'illegitimate' governments
  • Winner 1998-1999 American Society for International Law Certificate of merit