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The subject of this book is international constitutional law, understood as a sub-discipline of public international law. The constitutional law of the international community is built on and around the Charter of the United Nations (UN). The UN Charter has a double constitutional character - it is the constitution of the UN as an international organization, and also, and even more importantly, the constitution of the international community as a whole. The Charter is the constitution of the international community in its entirety, binding on all subjects of international law. Such an understanding of the Charter has signifi cant repercussions on its legal status and reach, its interpretation, amendment, and possible future reform. In contemporary 'mainstream' doctrine, constitutional ideas and language are most often associated with the concept of jus cogens.

Keywords: constitutional law; international community; public international law; United Nations (UN) Charter



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