Global Values and the Institutions of the United Nations

Otto Spijkers*

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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.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)211-255
Number of pages45
JournalICL Journal
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 26 Jul 2017
Externally publishedYes

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