Westphalia – A Paradigm?†
A Dialogue Between Law, Art, and the Philosophy of Science
To many authors, the Westphalia Peace Treaties, negotiated in the aftermath of the Thirty Years' War (1618–48), were the first solemn statements of juridical equality between states, representing the genesis of modern international society, which established a system of states. At the same time, it was “the plain affirmation of the statement of absolute independence of the different state orders.” These documents serve as the “birth certificate” of the modern, sovereign nation-state, the base of the present democratic state, and the founding moment of the international political system. This chapter focuses on the consequences of the Westphalia Peace Treaties for constitutional law.
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