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Max Planck Encyclopedia of Public International Law [MPEPIL]

Regional Cooperation and Organization: European States

Markus Kotzur

From: Oxford Public International Law (http://opil.ouplaw.com). (c) Oxford University Press, 2023. All Rights Reserved.date: 20 May 2024

Sustainable development — Regional co-operation

Published under the auspices of the Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law under the direction of Professor Anne Peters (2021–) and Professor Rüdiger Wolfrum (2004–2020). 

1 In order correctly to characterize regional co-operation and interregional co-operation instruments in Europe as well as the organization and institutional infrastructure thereof, it is necessary to be aware of what in fact the term ‘Europe’ means (Regional Co-operation and Organization: European States). Europe is not just a geographic area. It is primarily a culturally constituted area. Since the beginnings of occidental legal thinking and throughout all the following epochs, eg, the Holy Roman Empire, a genuine awareness has emerged that Europe, beyond its...
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