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date: 22 August 2019

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This article discusses the constitutionalization of international law, which can be summarized as an attempt to exercise legal control over politics within the international legal order itself, in order to compensate for the erosion of such control within domestic constitutional orders. In doing so, it attempts to translate to the international plane concepts that were traditionally reserved for domestic constitutions. Critics regard attempts to use concepts of domestic constitutionalism as a mechanism for controlling the international exercise of public power as over-ambitious. This argument is also fuelled by the lack of conceptual clarity in the debate pertaining to international constitutionalism and the controversies pertaining to the legitimacy of the value-laden hierarchy of norms in international law.

Keywords: constitutionalization, international law, international constitutional order, domestic constitution

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