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Max Planck Encyclopedia of Comparative Constitutional Law [MPECCoL]

Interpretation of Constitutions

Rainer Grote

From: Oxford Constitutions (http://oxcon.ouplaw.com). (c) Oxford University Press, 2015. All Rights Reserved.date: 25 May 2019

Subject(s):
Proportionality — Reasonableness — Principles and objectives of constitutions

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 issue of interpretation is at the very core of contemporary constitutional law. Its practical relevance has grown considerably with the establishment of constitutional courts in most countries of the world, which are given the right to pronounce authoritatively on the meaning of constitutional provisions and to strike down or declare void any measure of public authority, including legislative acts, that are found to be contrary to the meaning of the constitution as established by the court. Despite the enormous significance of constitutional interpretation,...
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