Democracy and International Law in the Post Colonial World: International Democracy Documents: A Compilation of Treaties and Other Instruments, edited by Frithjof Ehm & Christian Walter, Martinus Nijhoff 2015

AuthorPranoto Iskandar
Pages799-806
e Indonesian Journal of International & Comparative Law
ISSN: 2338-7602; E-ISSN: 2338-770X
http://www.ijil.org
© 2016 e Institute for Migrant Rights Press
Book Review
DEMOCRACY AND INTERNATIONAL
LAW IN THE POST COLONIAL WORLD
International Democracy Documents: A Compilation of Treaties and
Other Instruments, edited by Frithjof Ehm & Christian Walter, Martinus
Nijho 2015
International law has long been considered a tool that is employed
merely in favor of furthering the neo-colonial project among wider
non-Western legal scholars.1 While this critical stance is undoubtedly
of utmost importance for the third worlds struggle against the per-
sistency of the exploitative nature of the classical conception of inter-
national law,2 however, it has unwittingly deprived itself an opportuni-
ty in developing a more pragmatically grounded view of international
law for the benet of the Global Souths population.3 It should not be
1. See e.g., A A, I, S   M
 I L (2007); B.S. Chimni, A Just World under Law; A View
from the South, 22 A. U. I’ L. R. 199-220 (2007); B.S. Chimni, Inter-
national Institutions Today: An Imperial Global State in the Making, 15 E. J.
I’ L. 1-37 (2004); James uo Gathii, TWAIL: A Brief History of Its Origins,
Its Decentralized Network, and a Tentative Bibliography, 3 T, L.  D. 26-
64 (2011); Dianne Otto, Postcolonialism and Law, 15 T W L. S.
Vii-xviii (1999).
2. It should not be a surprise that “the Dumbarton Oaks dra of Articles 1(2)
and 55 did not contain any reference to self-determination.” M.K. Nawaz, e
Meaning and Range of the Principle of Self-Determination, 14 D L. J. 88
(1965).
3. See Brad R. Roth, Governmental Illegitimacy and Neocolonialism: Response to

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