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Questioning The Contributions Of Public International Law To The Debate On Global Constitutionalism

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Contemporary global constitutionalism is shaped by the history of constitutional and international legal thought. This chapter briefly examines whether the limitations of the prevailing vision of global constitutionalism require an abandonment of the idea. It analyses the appeal of the idea of global constitutionalism for public international lawyers. The chapter introduces an alternative to prevailing international legal approaches to global constitutionalism, the form of what is referred to as 'organic global constitutionalism. Jacques Derrida's idea of the future as a promise without content is suggested as a theme of organic global constitutionalism. The chapter concludes by returning to the key themes of global constitutionalism, and identifying which aspects of these are incorporated in the suggestion for organic global constitutionalism.

Keywords:global constitutionalism; international legal order; Jacques Derrida



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