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The International Journal
of Not-for-Profit Law

Volume 13, Issue 3, June 2011

A publication of the International Center for Not-for-Profit Law

Table of Contents

Letter from the Editor

Democracy and Civil Society

Civil Society and the Duty to Dissent
Helen James

The Abandonment of Democracy Promotion
Tara McKelvey

"When We Raise the Issue of the Corruption of Local Authorities, It's the Rebels Who Descend on Us"
Frank van Lierde

Interview: Civil Society Organizations Respond to Government Regulations in Ecuador
Susan Appe


The Financial Crisis and the Nonprofit Sector: Can Philanthropic Foundations Support the Creation of a Civic Watchdog of International Finance
Lorenzo Fioramonti and Ekkehard Thumler

The NGO Law: Azerbaijan Loses Another Case in the European Court
Mahammad Guluzade and Natalia Bourjaily

A Reflection on the Legal Framework for Civil Society in Nepal
Uttam Uprety

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Editorial Board

Letter from the Editor

This issue of the International Journal of Not-for-Profit Law focuses on democracy and civil society, with four articles addressing the topic from varying perspectives. First, Helen James of the Australian National University asks whether responsible membership in civil society sometimes requires citizens to dissent from the actions of their governments or from the dominant opinion of the moment. Tara McKelvey, a journalist, author, and Guggenheim fellow, then considers a different sort of duty, one at the national level: the obligation to promote democracy around the world. Next, we present two features focusing on activists who work on the relationship between democracy and civil society: Frank van Lierde of Cordaid profiles Babloo Loitongbam of India, the founder and director of Human Rights Alert; and Susan Appe of Andean University Simón Bolivar interviews Orazio Bellettini Cadeño of Ecuador, the Executive Director of Grupo FARO.

We also feature three additional articles. Lorenzo Fioramonti and Ekkehard Thümler of the University of Heidelberg’s Centre for Social Investment consider the potential role of philanthropic foundations in backing the creation of a watchdog organization covering international finance. Mahammad Guluzade and Natalia Bourjaily of the International Center for Not-for-Profit Law assess a European Court of Human Rights case that ruled against Azerbaijan. Finally, Uttam Uprety, an active member of the Nepal Participatory Action Network (NEPAN) and a former research fellow at the International Center for Not-for-Profit Law, provides a comprehensive evaluation of the legal framework for civil society in Nepal.

We are grateful to USAID for supporting the Nepal study and to all of our authors for their timely and important articles.

Stephen Bates
International Journal of Not-for-Profit Law


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