Professor Brad Roth publishes new book on democracy and international law

Picture of Brad RothBrad R. Roth, professor of political science and law and director of undergraduate studies for the Department of Political Science, has added yet another book publication to his stellar record as a scholar.

Democracy and International Law, co-edited with Gregory H. Fox and published by Edward Elgar, appeared in print a few months ago. The work is a component of Elgar's International Law series. In addition to this volume, Professor Roth is the author of Governmental Illegitimacy in International Law (Oxford University Press, 1999), winner of the 1999 Certificate of Merit from the American Society of International Law, and Sovereign Equality and Moral Disagreement (Oxford University Press, 2011).

He is also the co-editor, with Fox and Paul R. Dubinsky, of Supreme Law of the Land? Debating the Contemporary Effects of Treaties within the United States Legal System (Cambridge University Press, 2017) and, with Fox, of Democratic Governance and International Law (Cambridge University Press, 2000). Roth is also the author of more than 50 journal articles, book chapters and commentaries dealing with questions of sovereignty, constitutionalism, human rights and democracy. In recognition of his superb scholarship, Roth was recently inducted into the Wayne State University Academy of Scholars.

Democracy and International Law is described as follows:

"At the end of the Cold War, international law scholars engaged in furious debate over whether principles of democratic legitimacy had entered international law. Many argued that a 'democratic entitlement' was emerging. Others were skeptical that international practice in democracy promotion was either consistent or sufficiently widespread and many found the idea of democratic entitlement dangerous. Those debates, while ongoing, have not been comprehensively revisited in almost twenty years. Together with an original introduction, this volume collects the leading scholarship of the past two decades on these and other questions. It focuses particular attention on the normative consequences of the recent 'democratic recession' in many regions of the world."

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