Definition of Constitutions
- Constitutions and international law — Principles and objectives of constitutions — Comparative constitutional law — Constitutions and amendments
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. The term ‘constitution’ existed long before modern constitutions emerged. Originally used to describe a person’s physical state, it was soon applied to the body politic, yet not in a normative sense, but as a description of the situation of a country as determined by a number of factors such as its geography, climate, population, customs, and laws ( Grimm 100 ). Still today, it retains a multiplicity of meanings, as even a short look at the definitions given in general dictionaries will show. Even in legal usage, the concept of constitution is not reserved to...