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Ratification of Constitutions
Max Planck Encyclopedia of Comparative Constitutional Law [MPECCoL]

Ratification of Constitutions

Frederik Becker

From: Oxford Constitutions (http://oxcon.ouplaw.com). (c) Oxford University Press, 2015. All Rights Reserved.date: 18 September 2019

Subject(s):
Constituent assemblies — Ratification — Legitimacy

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 ratification (Latin ratificatio ) of a constitution describes the formal ending of a process of setting a constitution into force by a constituent power. At the same time, the moment of the ratification or a defined date in the near future is regularly set as the legal beginning of the applicability of the newly ratified constitution. The ratification in the sense of this article means the confirmation of a constitution by a duly legitimated power. It is the final, affirmative act of a ‘series of acts that lead to the adoption of a new constitution’ (...
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