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Max Planck Encyclopedia of Comparative Constitutional Law [MPECCoL]

Sunset Clause

Antonios Kouroutakis

From: Oxford Constitutions (http://oxcon.ouplaw.com). (c) Oxford University Press, 2015. All Rights Reserved.date: 13 August 2020

Subject(s):
Ratification — Procedural law

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 Sunset clauses—provisions that mean that a law or a particular part of the law lapse automatically on a fixed and precise date or after a specified and determined period of time—are a multifunctional and under-appreciated lever of legal regulation. Sunset clauses refer to the end of the life of the law, and they are the exact opposite of commencement clauses, which define the start of the life of the law (Xanthaki 210). 2 Indeed, by default, while laws, once enacted, endure in force until revised or repealed, the inclusion of a sunset clause defines the duration...
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