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This is the introductory chapter of the book, which focuses on international constitutional law, understood as a subdiscipline of public international law. The author argues in the book, is built on and around the Charter of the United Nations, which therefore has a double constitutional character - it is the constitution of the United Nations as an international organization, and also, and even more importantly, the constitution of the international community. The first General Counsel and Director of the Legal Department of the UN, A. H. Feller, called the Charter 'the constitutional instrument which governs the organizational structure of a world community. The question of interpretation apart, 'constitution' has been referred to as a symbol of a higher form of (political) unity in the international sphere.

Keywords: international community; international constitutional law; United Nations charter



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