Alfred Verdross as a Founding Father of International Constitutionalism?

Goettingen Journal of International Law 4 (2012) 2, 385–416

32 Pages Posted: 28 Feb 2017

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Thomas Kleinlein

Friedrich-Schiller-University Jena

Date Written: November 10, 2012

Abstract

Alfred Verdross was one of the first scholars who transferred a meaningful concept of constitution to international law. Like international constitutionalists today, he aimed at establishing the autonomy of international law vis-à-vis State sovereignty and State consent. With his theory of moderate monism, Verdross refers to a further issue raised by today’s multilevel constitutionalism, i.e. the relationship between international and domestic law. In contrast to some modern approaches, Verdross’s use of the term ‘constitution’ in international law was only metaphorical. More ambitiously, international constitutionalism also serves as a kind of meta-theory for international law in the present debate.

Keywords: Alfred Verdross, international constitutionalism

JEL Classification: K33

Suggested Citation

Kleinlein, Thomas, Alfred Verdross as a Founding Father of International Constitutionalism? (November 10, 2012). Goettingen Journal of International Law 4 (2012) 2, 385–416, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2923978

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