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Max Planck Encyclopedia of Public International Law [MPEPIL]

Commonwealth

Charlotte Steinorth

From: Oxford Public International Law (http://opil.ouplaw.com). (c) Oxford University Press, 2015. All Rights Reserved.date: 23 April 2019

Subject(s):
Sustainable development — Economic sanctions — Membership of international organizations — International organizations, practice and procedure — Representation of states in international organizations

Published under the auspices of the Max Planck Foundation for International Peace and the Rule of Law under the direction of Rüdiger Wolfrum.

1 The Commonwealth is a voluntary association of independent States most of which are former British colonies ( Colonialism ). While the term ‘commonwealth’, meaning ‘common welfare’ or ‘public good’, has been used to describe various political communities ( Commonwealth of Independent States [CIS] ), it is generally associated with the grouping of States that evolved out of the British Empire. The majority of Commonwealth members is English-speaking and shares in most instances similar legal systems based on common law. Though no longer united through common...
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