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Max Planck Encyclopedia of Comparative Constitutional Law [MPECCoL]

Relation of Constitutional Courts to Supreme Courts

Giacomo Delledonne

Constitutional interpretation — Constitutional processes — Judicial review of executive action — Judicial review of legislation — Powers and jurisdiction of constitutional courts/supreme courts — Types of constitutional courts/supreme courts

Published under the direction of the Max Planck Foundation for International Peace and the Rule of Law.
General Editors: Rainer Grote, Frauke Lachenmann, Rüdiger Wolfrum.

1. This article focuses on the interplay between supreme courts and constitutional courts ( constitutional courts / supreme courts, general ). As has been observed, whereas the relationship between constitutional courts and the political branches has always received great scholarly attention, ‘[a]n equally important and as yet more marginally explored relationship is that between constitutional and ordinary courts’ ( de Visser 377 ). This is all the more true when it come s to supreme courts. This article will first clarify the difference between constitutional...
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