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Conceptual Distinctions

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The United Nations (UN) Charter is a normative constitution. A normative constitution is meant to govern or control the real conditions of power, not to describe or reflect them. The normative notion of constitution became dominant only in the eighteenth century. Before, the term 'constitution' was mainly understood in an Aristotelian sense as meaning the concrete conditions of life of a community, and especially its form of government. The constitution of the international community, as embodied in the UN Charter, has a substantive part, in which common values, goals and principles are set out, and a part relating to organization and procedure which establishes the machinery necessary for carrying out the substantive norms. The principle of self-determination was already referred to in the Charter, and was defined as a right in Article 1 of the two International Human Rights Covenants of 1966.

Keywords: international community; normative constitution; self-determination; United Nations (UN) Charter



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