Is There Something Like a Constitution of International Law? A Critical Analysis of the Debate on World Constitutionalism

Zeitschrift für ausländisches öffentliches Recht und Völkerrecht, Vol. 68 (2008), pp. 623-650

28 Pages Posted: 20 Jun 2013

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Oliver Diggelmann

University of Zurich - Faculty of Law

Tilmann Altwicker

University of Zurich

Date Written: 2008

Abstract

In recent years, the concept of world constitutionalism has become remarkably popular among international legal scholars. In our view, the debate suffers from two “blind spots”. On the one hand, authors using the concept of world constitutionalism often tend to neglect counterarguments concerning disintegrating trends in international relations and international law. On the other hand, hardly any attention is devoted to the question how the debate is linked – or should be linked – with the common understanding of the term “constitution”. The purpose of the article is to provide a meta-level account on the problem of world constitutionalism.

Suggested Citation

Diggelmann, Oliver and Altwicker, Tilmann, Is There Something Like a Constitution of International Law? A Critical Analysis of the Debate on World Constitutionalism (2008). Zeitschrift für ausländisches öffentliches Recht und Völkerrecht, Vol. 68 (2008), pp. 623-650. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2281280

Oliver Diggelmann (Contact Author)

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Tilmann Altwicker

University of Zurich ( email )

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Zürich, CH-8001
Switzerland

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