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Realizing UtopiaThe Future of International Law$
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The Late Antonio Cassese

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199691661

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199691661.001.0001

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Are we Moving towards Constitutionalization of the World Community?

Are we Moving towards Constitutionalization of the World Community?

(p.118) 10 Are we Moving towards Constitutionalization of the World Community?
Realizing Utopia

Anne Peters

Oxford University Press

In the past twenty years international law has evolved quite dramatically. Many aspects of this evolution can be described and interpreted as constitutionalization in the sense of an evolution from an international order based on some organizing principles such as state sovereignty, consensualism, non-use of force to an international legal order which acknowledges and has creatively appropriated principles and values of domestic constitutionalism. Constitutionalization is a matter of degree. It is an ongoing but not linear process, and is often disrupted. It is not all-encompassing, but is accompanied by antagonist trends. The constitutionalization process of international law is mainly driven by academics and to some extent by international courts, not by governments and treaty-makers. Nevertheless, the constitutionalist discourse has the merit of uncovering the structural deficiencies of current international law and assessing them in a new light. This chapter points to a set of failings of the present ‘constitutionalization’ of international law and suggest ways of moving forward towards a more ‘constitutionalized’ international society.

Keywords:   international law, international order, constitutionalization, non-use of force

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