Solidarity and the Law of Development Cooperation

  • Philipp Dann
Conference paper
Part of the Beiträge zum ausländischen öffentlichen Recht und Völkerrecht book series (BEITRÄGE, volume 213)

Abstract

Solidarity and the law of development cooperation make for a difficult topic. Especially two aspects pose problems. Firstly, the word “solidarity” is hardly used in any of the legal documents that concern development cooperation. There is thus scant indication in the law on what the notion of solidarity is actually supposed to mean. And secondly, solidarity is such a morally loaded notion that every use evokes suspicion. It is easily invoked as ideal but as easily used as a smokescreen for inaction or to dilute clear responsibilities. Or to put it differently: It is a particularly short distance from apology to utopia when somebody uses the notion of solidarity.

Keywords

Common Objective Recipient Country Legal Principle Meaningful Concept Development Cooperation 
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© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2010

Authors and Affiliations

  • Philipp Dann
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  1. 1.Senior Research Fellow at the Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International LawHeidelbergGermany

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