1st Edition

The Law and Legitimacy of Imposed Constitutions

    276 Pages
    by Routledge

    276 Pages
    by Routledge

    Constitutions are often seen as the product of the free will of a people exercising their constituent power. This, however, is not always the case, particularly when it comes to ‘imposed constitutions’. In recent years there has been renewed interest in the idea of imposition in constitutional design, but the literature does not yet provide a comprehensive resource to understand the meanings, causes and consequences of an imposed constitution.

    This volume examines the theoretical and practical questions emerging from what scholars have described as an imposed constitution. A diverse group of contributors interrogates the theory, forms and applications of imposed constitutions with the aim of refining our understanding of this variation on constitution-making. Divided into three parts, this book first considers the conceptualization of imposed constitutions, suggesting definitions, or corrections to the definition, of what exactly an imposed constitution is. The contributors then go on to explore the various ways in which constitutions are, and can be, imposed. The collection concludes by considering imposed constitutions that are currently in place in a number of polities worldwide, problematizing the consequences their imposition has caused. Cases are drawn from a broad range of countries with examples at both the national and supranational level.

    This book addresses some of the most important issues discussed in contemporary constitutional law: the relationship between constituent and constituted power, the source of constitutional legitimacy, the challenge of foreign and expert intervention and the role of comparative constitutional studies in constitution-making. The volume will be a valuable resource for those interested in the phenomenon of imposed constitutionalism as well as anyone interested in the current trends in the study of comparative constitutional law.

    Introduction: Imposition in Making and Changing Constitutions - Richard Albert, Xenophon Contiades and Alkmene Fotiadou

    Part I: Theory

    Chapter 1: Imposed Constitutions: Heteronomy and (Un)amendability - Xenophon Contiades and Alkmene Fotiadou

    Chapter 2: Imposed Constitutions and Romantic Constitutions - David S. Law

    Chapter 3: Internally Imposed Constitutions - Yaniv Roznai

    Chapter 4: Legal Theology in Imposed Constitutionalism - Antoni Abat Ninet

    Part II: Forms

    Chapter 5: Constitutions Imposed with Consent? - Richard Albert

    Chapter 6: Are "Octroyed Constitutions" of the 19th century to be Considered as Imposed Constitutions? - Jörg Gerkrath

    Chapter 7: Inter-Venire, Sed Ubi Iri?: "Imposed" Constitutions, the "Will of the People", and the Eye of the Beholder - Zoran Oklopcic

    Part III: Applications

    Chapter 8: On the Priority that Publius Gives to National Security in Constitutional Design: Reflections on the Longevity of Article 9 of the Japanese Constitution - Sanford Levinson

    Chapter 9: The Constituent Power of the "Imposed" Constitution of Japan: An Amalgam of Internationalised Revolutionary Power and Nationalistic Devolutionary Power - Yota Negishi

    Chapter 10: The Legitimacy of Internationally Imposed Constitution-Making in the Context of State Building - Manon Bonnet

    Chapter 11: A post-national legal order: Does the European Union have an imposed constitution? - Graham Butler

    Chapter 12: Texts in a Time of Imposition: Lessons from Two Imposed Constitutions in Africa - James Fowkes


    Richard Albert, William Stamps Farish Professor of Law, The University of Texas at Austin; Co-Editor, Routledge Series on Comparative Constitutional Change; Book Reviews Editor, American Journal of Comparative Law

    Xenophon Contiades, Professor of Public Law, Panteion University; Managing Director of the Centre for European Constitutional Law, Athens, Greece; Co-Editor, Routledge Series on Comparative Constitutional Change

    Alkmene Fotiadou, Research Fellow, Centre for European Constitutional Law; Co-Editor, Routledge Series on Comparative Constitutional Change