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Max Planck Encyclopedia of Public International Law [MPEPIL]

United Nations Charter

Jean-Pierre Cot

From: Oxford Public International Law (http://opil.ouplaw.com). (c) Oxford University Press, 2021. All Rights Reserved.date: 20 October 2021

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UN Charter

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 The first seven words of the UN Charter sound familiar. They, naturally, are reminiscent of the American Constitution of 1787 and, further, of the constitutional movement one can trace back to the Magna Carta as it has grown over the centuries. The term ‘Charter’ itself, is not a term of international law, but has also been taken over from constitutional law with specific reference to the Magna Carta of 1215. In contrast, the Covenant of the League of Nations did not pretend to be more than it stated, ie a covenant, an agreement between parties. At the outset,...
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