Cambridge studies in international and comparative law. New series.
"International organisations are increasingly promoting human rights and democratic governance as principles relevant in deciding applications for admission by non-member states. In the 1990s the importance of these standards was underlined by suggestions that a state's membership of institutions such as the United Nations and its involvement in regional security measures should be based on adherence to certain fundamental values, including democracy. Not only have human rights and democracy norms been utilised in determining the admission of a potential member to an international organisation, but they have also been taken into account in resolving the question whether existing members, or their representatives, should be excluded from an organisation's processes. Such determinations have been made in the Commonwealth, the Organization of American States and in decisions to deny accreditation to delegations in the General Assembly of the United Nations. When organisations have ignored these principles in their membership policies their choices have been criticised - as was the case when the Association of Southeast Asian Nations admitted Burma in 1997"-- Provided by publisher.
Bibliography, etc. Note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 318-334) and index.
Formatted Contents Note
The move to institutions in the age of rights The challenge of universality: the League of Nations and the United Nations Rights, regionalism and participation in Europe Restricting the ranks: excluding states from closed organisations The relationship between powers, purposes and participation in specialised organisations Legitimacy, democracy and membership.