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Reconsidering Constitutional Formation II Decisive Constitutional Normativity: From Old Liberties to New Precedence

Edited by: Ulrike Mussig

ISBN13: 9783319730363
Published: June 2018
Publisher: Springer-Verlag
Country of Publication: Switzerland
Format: Hardback
Price: £44.99

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This second volume of ReConFort addresses the decisive role of constitutional normativity, and focuses on discourses concerning the legal role of constitutional norms. Taken together with ReConFort I (National Sovereignty), it calls for an innovative reassessment of constitutional history drawing on key categories to convey the legal nature of the constitution itself.

In the late 18th and early 19th centuries, constitutional normativity began to complete the legal fixation of the entire political order. This juridification resulted in a conceptual differentiation from ordinary law. The early expressions of this `new order of the ages' suggest an unprecedented and irremediable break with European legal tradition, be it with British colonial governance or the French ancien regime. In fact, while the shift to constitutions as a hierarchically `higher' form of positive law was a revolutionary change, it also drew upon older liberties. The American constitutional discourse, which was itself heavily influenced by British common law, in turn served as an inspiration for a variety of constitutional experiments - from the French Revolution to Napoleon's downfall, in the halls of the Frankfurt Assembly, on the road to a unified Italy, and in the later theoretical discourse of twentieth-century Austria.

If the constitution establishes the legal rules for the law-making process, then its Kelsian primacy is mandatory.Also included in this volume are the French originals and English translations of two vital documents. The first - Emmanuel Joseph Sieyes' Du Jury Constitutionnaire (1795) - represents an early attempt to reconcile the democratic values of the French Revolution with the pragmatic need to legally protect the Revolution. The second - the 1812 draft of the Constitution of the Kingdom of Poland - shows the `constitutional propaganda' that Russian Tsar Alexander I used in an attempt to secure the support of the Lithuanian and Polish nobility. These documents open new avenues of research into Europe's constitutional history: one replete with diverse contexts and national experiences, but above all an overarching motif of constitutional decisiveness that served to complete the juridification of sovereignty.

Constitutional and Administrative Law
Ulrike Mussig, A New Order of the Ages (Novus ordo seclorum) - Normativity and Precedence
Gerald Stourzh, Development of Constitutional Precedence and the Constitutionalization of Individual Rights
Anna Tarnowska, "To which Constitution the Further Law of the Present Sejm have to adhere to in all..." Constitutional Precedence of the 3 May System
Marcin Byczyk, Constitutional Precedence and Substantial Criminal Law: The 1815 Constitution of the Kingdom of Poland in the Practical Test of the Codification of the Polish Substantial Criminal Law
Brecht Deseure, Constitutional Precedence and the Genesis of the Belgian Constitution of 1831
Frederik Dhondt, Inaugurating a Dutch Napoleon? Conservative Criticism of the 1815 Constitution of the United Kingdom of the Netherlands
Eirik Holmoyvik, Constituent Power and Constitutionalism in 19th Century Norway
Giuseppe Mecca, In Keeping with the Spirit of the Albertine Statute. Constitutionalisation of the National Unification
Thomas Olechowski, Legal Hierarchies in the Works of Hans Kelsen and Adolf Julius Merkl.