1. ‘Autochthony’ refers to the fact that a constitution is, legally speaking, ‘home grown’ or rooted in native soil. By this it is meant that the constitution owes its validity and authority to local legal factors, rather than to the fact of enactment by a foreign legal process (Wheare 89). Autochthony was especially important to countries which achieved independence from the former British Empire (colonization; decolonization). 2. As originally set out by KC Wheare, constitutional autochthony required that there be no legal continuity between the formerly supreme...
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