Solidarity and the Law of Development Cooperation
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.
KeywordsCommon Objective Recipient Country Legal Principle Meaningful Concept Development Cooperation
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