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From E Unum Pluribus To E Pluribus Unum In The Journey From An African Village To A Global Village?

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International law, which is the main and the only formal and generally recognised normative subsystem of the international system or society, is formed by forces active in the latter. One of the key features of rapid and radical transformations is that today we are living more and more in the closely interrelated world where multiculturalism, i.e. cultural, social, political, religious, ethnic and other forms of diversity, is an important aspect of both international society as well as most domestic societies. This chapter probes into some facets of this rapidly changing environment in which international law functions. Long before the phrase E Pluribus Unum (out of many, one) became enshrined in the Great Seal of the United States and was written on the dollar, St Augustine and others had used it in various ways.

Keywords: E Pluribus Unum; international law; radical transformations



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