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Adjudicating Revolution – Courts and Constitutional Change

Gebonden Engels 2022 9781788971324
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Lawyers usually describe a revolution as a change in a constitutional order not authorized by law. From this perspective, to speak of a ‘lawful’ or an ‘unlawful’ revolution would seem to involve a category mistake. However, since at least the 19th century, courts in many jurisdictions have had to adjudicate claims involving questions about the extent to which what is in fact a revolutionary change can result in the creation of a legally valid regime. In this book, the authors examine some of these judgments.

Adjudicating Revolution includes, first, cases in which courts decide to recognize the actions of a de facto regime under a doctrine of necessity, with the objective of maintaining public order. Second, cases where courts directly confront the question of whether a revolution has resulted in the creation of a genuinely new constitutional order. Finally, cases in which courts are asked by state officials to recognize, in advance, the validity of otherwise revolutionary changes (i.e. the irregular creation of a new constitution) proposed by state officials. The book examines, from a theoretical and comparative perspective, judgments from North and Latin America, Europe, Asia, and Africa. Placing the cases in their historical and political context, the authors provide an understanding of key moments in the constitutional history of the relevant jurisdictions.

The resulting analysis will be of interest to academics and graduate students of comparative constitutional law and constitutional theory, political science, and related disciplines.


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Over Joel Colón-Ríos

Joel Colón-Ríos is Professor of Law at Victoria University of Wellington. He has published widely in the areas of constitutional theory and comparative constitutional law and is the author of Weak Constitutionalism: Democratic Legitimacy and Constituent Power.

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2. Confederate States of America, 1861–96
3. Argentina, 1865–1990
4. Colombia, 1957–2003
5. Rhodesia, 1965–70
6. Spain and Catalonia, 1935–2019
7. Grenada, 1985
8. Peru, 2002–03
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