Rein Müllerson is an Estonian legal scholar and professor of law. Since 2009 he has been dean of the Tallinn University Faculty of Law, prior to which he was Professor of Law at King's College, London. His most recent book is Democracy: Destiny of Humankind? (2009). His book From Democratic Peace Theories to Regime Changes is due out in 2013.
Russia might be more democratic but China is better governed
Comparing China and Russia in terms of their conformity to western liberal-democratic standards shows the inadequacy of such a general yardstick, writes Rein Müllerson in his response to Ivan Krastev. What really matters is rule of law and good governance. [more]
The revival of neo-Kantian theories of universal peace has led to intellectual justification of foreign "interventions" whose results have nothing to do with democracy. Evidence suggests that democracy does not precede peace but vice versa, writes Rein Müllerson. [more]
"Not only simplistic, but also extremely dangerous." Rein Müllerson critiques the progressivist faith of both classical Marxism and free-market capitalism, at the same time asking how far universal claims for social justice are reconcilable with the multipolar global system. [more]
Utopian designs for the ideal society are both impractical and dangerous. Only by finding the right balance between the "holy trinity" of the French Revolution may the world steer its way through the challenges of libertarianism and laissez faire, writes Rein Müllerson. [more]
As China's star rises, attitudes to the new global superpower range from fearful to hopeful. Are we looking at the end of the world as we have known it, or will the Middle Kingdom redefine the market economy and democracy in its own image? Rein Müllerson argues the toss. [more]