Proportionality as a Global Constitutional Principle

24 Pages Posted: 3 May 2016

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Anne Peters

Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law

Date Written: April 22, 2016

Abstract

This paper shows that three versions of the principle of proportionality exist in international law, and that these three have different constitutional functions. The horizontal version 1 applies, inter alia, in the field of countermeasures including self defence. The principle here refers to the relation between action (breach of international law) of the state and the admissible reaction of another state. The diagonal version 2 concerns the relation between and national public interest and particular interests, of individuals (in human rights law and international humanitarian law) or of investors. The vertical version 3 refers to the relation between a global public interest, for example in free trade, and particular interests of states.

Keywords: global constitutionalism, international constitutional law, balancing, countermeasures, global

Suggested Citation

Peters, Anne, Proportionality as a Global Constitutional Principle (April 22, 2016). Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law & International Law (MPIL) Research Paper No. 2016-10. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2773733 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2773733

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