Good Governance

As these considerations show, standards of good governance under public international law are compatible with (international) sovereignty. They can be understood as normative dimensions of (internal) sovereignty. In addition, they have become relevant for international sovereignty in the context of recognition of new states2 and for the determination of whether the prohibition of intervention applies.

To determine the normative dimension of sovereignty, the various public international law standards of good governance will be examined. In a narrow sense, “Good Governance” is a concept within the context of development cooperation, the meaning of which varies in different legal contexts. In a more general sense, good governance means the fulfillment of public international law rules on the way in which power must be exercised within a state. If fulfilled, governance can be considered to be “good governance.” In the following, we shall examine the central components of good governance in this broad sense: human rights, the rule of law, responsiveness, and public participation.

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