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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