The evidence clearly points to the growing incorporation into international law of the right to democratic governance.
About the Author
Roland Rich is director of the Centre for Democratic Institutions at the Australian National University (ANU), Australia’s government-funded democracy-promotion institute. He holds Arts and Law degrees from the University of Sydney and the degree of Master of International Law from ANU. He served for more than 20 years as an Australian Foreign Service officer and held the position of legal adviser to the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. He has held several diplomatic posts, including ambassador to Laos.
The failure to establish modern, well-governed states has been the Achilles heel of recent democratic transitions, as democratization without state modernization can actually lower the quality of governance.