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Hilary Charlesworth

Over the past few decades, democracy has become an international concept. This chapter surveys international legal encounters with the concept of democracy: its use in international institutions, in the recognition of states, in decisions to intervene in a state, and in the human rights field. It is critical of the limited notion of democracy that emerges in international practice and argues for a substantive account of democracy based on the goal of accountability for and prevention of the arbitrary use of power.