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Understanding Supranational Constitutional Courts

Since the end of the Cold War and subsequent increased globalization, supranational tribunals have ‘mushroomed’ to all areas of international and regional public life. Until recently, these courts who are asked to adjudicate constitutional disputes beyond the borders of their nation state have not been studied and written about as a single kind of entity. In Supranational Constitutional Courts, authors Federico Fabbrini and Miguel Poiares Maduro identify and analyze a subset of these supranational courts and provide insight into the criteria and features which makes them unique as constitutional courts. This article is one of nine new articles published in the December update of MPECCoL.

Launched on April 27, 2017 and overseen by editors Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Rüdiger Wolfrum, Dr. Frauke Lachenmann (Max Planck Foundation for International Peace and the Rule of Law), and Prof. Dr. Rainer Grote (Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law), the Max Planck Encyclopedia of Comparative Constitutional Law provides a high level of analytic coverage of constitutional law topics in a comparative context. The encyclopedia articles—modeled on those in the Max Planck Encyclopedia of Public International Law—address a focused range of topics that seek to provide the best coverage of the essence, character, development, and history of constitutional law from a global perspective.

The following articles have been made freely available to offer further insight into the range and depth of this new resource:

Devolution
Elections
Extradition
Loyalty towards Federation
Supranational Constitutional Courts

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December 21, 2017

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