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23 Chi. J. Int'l L. 103 (2022-2023)
Democracy and Statehood

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                        Democracy and Statehood
                                  Veronika Fikfak *


      This Essay  addresses the relationsip between democragi and statehood. The two concepts
have been linked since the 1990s, when new  entities claiming statehood were expected to have
constituted themselves on a democratic basis and to have put in place democratic government
structures to be recognized by the international community. Yet, as Professor Tom Ginsburg 's
book  Democracies and International Law reveals, the rise of autocracies and a general
backlash against democragi in the last three decades have led to changes in countries' behavior.
This  Essay  argues that today, the requirement  of democratic process and institutions for
international recognition is less stringent. Even more, it posits that if autocracies team up to
recognize other similarly non-democratic entities, democragi might play no role in the formation
of new states in the long run. In this regard, Democracies  and  International  Law   may
signal an end to the 1990s European   approach to recognition and be an indication of a new
reality in the area of statehood.

iCourts, Centre of Excellence, University of Copenhagen Faculty of Law. This research is funded
by the Danish National Research Foundation Grant no. DNRF105 and conducted under the
auspices of iCourts, the Danish National Research Foundation's Centre of Excellence for
International Courts.


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