The Constitutionalization Of International Law by Jan KlabbersThe Constitutionalization Of International Law by Jan Klabbers

The Constitutionalization Of International Law

byJan Klabbers, Anne Peters, Geir Ulfstein

Paperback | May 7, 2011

Pricing and Purchase Info


Earn 285 plum® points

Prices and offers may vary in store


Ships within 1-3 weeks

Ships free on orders over $25

Not available in stores


The book examines one of the most debated issues in current international law: to what extent the international legal system has constitutional features comparable to what we find in national law. This question has become increasingly relevant in a time of globalization, where newinternational institutions and courts are established to address international issues. Constitutionalization beyond the nation state has for many years been discussed in relation to the European Union. This book asks whether we now see constitutionalization taking place also at the global level. The book investigates what should be characterized as constitutional features of the current international order, in what way the challenges differ from those at the national level and what could be a proper interaction between different international arrangements as well as between theinternational and national constitutional level. Finally, it sketches the outlines of what a constitutionalized world order could and should imply. The book is a critical appraisal of constitutionalist ideas and of their critique. It argues that the reconstruction of the current evolution ofinternational law as a process of constitutionalization -against a background of, and partly in competition with, the verticalization of substantive law and the deformalization and fragmentation of international law- has some explanatory power, permits new insights and allows for new arguments. Thebook thus identifies constitutional trends and challenges in establishing international organisational structures, and designs procedures for standard-setting, implementation and judicial functions.This paperback edition features the authors' discussion of this book on the EJIL Talks blog.
Jan Klabbers is professor of international organizations law at the University of Helsinki, and Director of the Academy of Finland Centre of Excellence in Global Governance Research. Prior to moving to Helsinki in 1996, he taught international law and EU law at the University of Amsterdam, where he also defended his doctoral thesis (w...
Title:The Constitutionalization Of International LawFormat:PaperbackDimensions:436 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 1.07 inPublished:May 7, 2011Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0199693544

ISBN - 13:9780199693542

Look for similar items by category:


Table of Contents

1. Jan Klabbers: Setting the Scene2. Geir Ulfstein: Institutions and Competences3. Jan Klabbers: Law-making and Constitutionalism4. Geir Ulfstein: The International Judiciary5. Anne Peters: Membership in the Global Constitutional Community6. Anne Peters: Dual Democracy7. Anne Peters: ConclusionsEpilogue: EJIL Talk discussion