Document Type


Publication Date

Fall 1994

Publication Citation

2 Indiana Journal of Global Legal Studies 45 (1994)


Professor Delbriick begins his article by briefly discussing the

history and development of the nation-state, and then examines how

changes in the political and social environment, often international

and cross-cultural in nature, have altered the traditional notion of

the nation-state. He argues that the modern form of the State

should be based on the concept of the "Open Republic, " rather than

on that of the traditional closed, self-centered, and self-reliant

nation-state. Professor Delbriick demands that his concept of an

"Open Republic" first be grounded in the form of a republican

State-a constitutional government involving the democratic

participation of all citizens and a "marketplace of ideas." He

focuses on a republic geared in nature and character toward an

"openness" to accepting and assimilating citizens of different

ethnic, religious, or cultural backgrounds, with equal rights for

those diverse citizens. He concludes that such an "Open Republic"

is suited to preserving a national public interest, while at the same

time meeting the global challenges of the present and future.