ICCAL’ strategies for strengthening democracy

The proposal is to use the theoretical contribution of the Ius Constitutionale Commune in Latin America (ICCAL) to strengthen democracy in order to address a specific problem: the influence of private entities in weakening the state's capacity for protection and promotion of rights. The influence of private entities subverts the democratic regime on two fronts: by weakening the processes turning them into uncertain tools and by making certain the outcomes of such processes, invariably aligned with the interests of these private entities. The theoretical contribution of ICCAL is used here to provide a basis for the use of alternative instruments to control conventionality and the application of the horizontal effectiveness of human rights (which it also advocates) but which better fit the characteristics of the problem, such as statocentrism or the lack of a binding instrument that would establishe adequate conduct for private entities.