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Vienna Journal on International Constitutional Law

Editor-in-Chief: Bezemek, Christoph / Eberhard, Harald / Fuchs, Claudia

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Volume 11, Issue 2


Global Values and the Institutions of the United Nations

Otto Spijkers
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Published Online: 2017-07-26 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/icl-2017-0018


A constitution defines the values of a particular community, and establishes institutions to realize these values. In defence of the argument that the United Nations Charter is the world’s constitution, I will try to show that it contains the shared values and norms of the international community, and that the UN’s organs are tasked with the promotion and protection of the shared values and norms as defined in the UN Charter. The focus is on the values of human dignity and peace and security.

Keywords: United Nations; global values; human dignity; peace and security; constitution

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Published Online: 2017-07-26

Published in Print: 2017-07-26

Citation Information: ICL Journal, Volume 11, Issue 2, Pages 211–255, ISSN (Online) 1995-5855, ISSN (Print) 2306-3734, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/icl-2017-0018.

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