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By Anna-Karin Lindblom

Non-governmental firms (NGOs) play an expanding political function at the overseas scene, and their place with regards to foreign legislations is usually considered as very important yet casual. Their genuine criminal prestige has now not been the topic of a lot research. This e-book examines the criminal prestige of NGOs in several fields of foreign legislations, with emphasis on human rights legislations. The rights, duties, locus standi and consultative prestige of NGOs are explored by way of an intensive exam of overseas criminal principles and practices. .

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377 (emphasis in original). Dahl states that ‘virtually all observers agree that a gigantic ‘‘democratic deficit’’ remains’ within the European Union, in spite of nominally democratic structures, such as the parliament. Robert A. Dahl, On Democracy, New Haven: Yale University Press, 1998, p. 115. ’, 4 EJIL (1993), pp. 447–471. Dahl, On Democracy, pp. 114–115. 2 for a brief description of suggestions on how these problems can be (partly) remedied. 38 A very basic explanation of ‘civil society’ is ‘the space of uncoerced human association and also the set of relational networks .

35. The Norwegian Nobel Committee, Press Release 15 October 1999. Other examples include Amnesty International in 1977 and the ICRC in 1994 and 1963. Castells has identified ‘social movements against the new global order’ as a key trend in shaping modern identity: ‘Along with the technological revolution, the transformation of capitalism, and the demise of statism, we have experienced, in the last quarter of the century, the widespread surge of powerful expressions of collective identity that THE MAIN ISSUES AND THEIR CONTEXT 19 and the World Bank in Prague in September 2000, for example.

75–88. ’ Walzer, Toward a Global Civil Society, p. 1. ), The Role of Voluntary Organisations in Emerging 16 THEORETICAL FRAMEWORK Italy, Robert Putnam investigated ‘the conditions for creating strong, responsive, effective representative institutions’, the overarching question being why some democratic governments succeed and others fail. 44 The concept of ‘civil society’ is itself undergoing a transformation in parallel with globalisation. In former days, when state and society was conceived, organised and experienced as coextensive, civil society had 42 43 44 Democracies: Experiences and Strategies in Eastern and Central Europe and South Africa: The Danish Centre for Human Rights and the Institute of International Education, 1993, p.

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