Introduction to Associations of States

Contribution to the course General Theory of the State

11.01.21

Semester 1, 2020/21 (IUP); Wednesday, 24.11. and 01.12.2020, 09:00 - 10:40 (Class A) resp. 11:00 - 12:40 (Class B), online via Zoom

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Course Contribution Description

This website informs about the contents of my contribution to the course. This year, due to the reduced number of lectures in the shortened lecture period in the coronavirus crisis, it needed to be shortened in detail. Those interested can find a more detailed version of the course materials at the website for my course contribution in the last year.

The role and legal status of the state and the development from the classical solitary loner state to inter- and supranational cooperation and even integration in associations of states are important topics of the general theory of states. This course contribution presents and discusses the present world order of states, which is shaped by the prominent role of the sovereign territorial state, the development to open and integrated statehood, the federal state (as an association of states under constitutional law) and the confederation, international organisation, supranational organisation and supranational union/"Staatenverbund" as different forms of associations of states under public international law.

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Contents

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Bibliography

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Diagram 1  (Forms of international cooperation, supranational cooperation and integration)

 
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Transparency films presented in the lectures (® aids for illustration)
- Slide 1  (The world order of states;
concerning § 1)
- Slide 2  (The federal state; concerning § 2)
- Slide 3  (Associations of states under public international law; concerning § 3)

 
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See also the slide for my contribution on "Democracy and Modern Autocracy"

Contents (summary/details)

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§ 1  The world order of states

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§ 2  The federal state

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§ 3  Associations of states under public international law

Links

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concerning § 1 V: Daud Hassan, The Rise of the Territorial State and the Treaty of Westphalia, Yearbook of New Zealand Jurisprudence 9 (2006), 62;  Kevin Harrison; Tony Boyd, The state and sovereignty, in: Understanding political ideas and movements, 2003, p. 16 ff.; Jo Eric Khushal Murkens, The principle of open stathood, in: From Empire to Union. Conceptions of German Constitutional Law since 1871, 2013, p. 117 ff.

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concerning § 2: James Madison; Alexander Hamilton; John Jay, The Federalist Papers, 1787/88 (the founders of the theory of federalism); Elliot Blumer, Federalism, 2017 (published by IDEA); Masnur Marsuki, Toward Federalism; A Constitutional Solution for Indonesia?, UNISIA XXXIV, no. 76 (2012); Instute of Federalism (Fribourg, Switzerland)

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concerning § 3 IV: List of intergovernmental organisations (Wikipedia)

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concerning § 3 VI.2, 3: Thomas Schmitz, A new Form of Organisation: the Supranational Union (summary of habilitation thesis, 2001, chapter 2); Lisbon Judgement of the German Federal Constitutional Court (BVerfGE 123, 267)

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concerning § 3 VI.5: Thomas Schmitz, Integration through Law - the European Approach of Supranational Geo-Regional Integration, 2019 (conference presentation)

 

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