Democratic Transitions in International Law

Since the end of the Cold War, democratic transitions have occurred in a number of contexts. These include states emerging from communist dictatorships, states emerging from civil war or racist regimes (apartheid), and states seeking to restore democracy after coups.

This project collects the key materials evidencing the transitions that have occurred. This includes in particular, peace agreements or other principal transitional documents, such as interim constitutions and the constitutions evidencing the outcome of the transitional process. Particular emphasis is being placed on UN documents and pratice in this respect.

The project then reviews principal strands and phases of the respective transitional processes, and analyses challenges and outcomes.

The project is directed by Professor Marc Weller, and supported by Dr Tiina Pajuste.