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Constitutional Courts as Positive Legislators
A Comparative Law Study

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  • Date Published: July 2013
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  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781107613089

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  • In all democratic states, constitutional courts, which are traditionally empowered to invalidate or to annul unconstitutional statutes, have the role of interpreting and applying the Constitution in order to preserve its supremacy and to ensure the prevalence of fundamental rights. In this sense they were traditionally considered “negative legislators,” unable to substitute the legislators or to enact legislative provisions that could not be deducted from the Constitution. During the past decade the role of constitutional courts has dramatically changed as their role is no longer limited to declaring the unconstitutionality of statutes or annulling them. Today, constitutional courts condition their decisions with the presumption of constitutionality of statutes, opting to interpret them according to or in harmony with the Constitution in order to preserve them, instead of deciding their annulment or declaring them unconstitutional. More frequently, Constitutional Courts, instead of dealing with existing legislation, assume the role of assistants or auxiliaries to the legislator, creating provisions they deduct from the Constitution when controlling the absence of legislation or legislative omissions. In some cases they act as “positive legislators,” issuing temporary or provisional rules to be applied pending the enactment of legislation. This book analyzes this new role of the constitutional courts, conditioned by the principles of progressiveness and of prevalence of human rights, particularly regarding the important rediscovery of the right to equality and non-discrimination.

    • This is the only existing book in which the role of constitutional courts acting as positive legislators has been studied with a comparative law approach
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    • Date Published: July 2013
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781107613089
    • length: 962 pages
    • dimensions: 234 x 156 x 48 mm
    • weight: 1.32kg
    • contains: 1 table
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. Constitutional Courts as Positive Legislators in Comparative Law:
    1. Judicial review of legislation and the legislator
    2. The role of constitutional courts interfering with the constituent power
    3. Constitutional courts interfering with the legislator regarding existing legislation
    4. Constitutional courts interfering with the legislator regarding legislative omissions
    5. Constitutional courts as legislators on matters of judicial review
    Part II. National Reports
    Part III. Synthesis Report: Constitutional Courts as Positive Legislators in Comparative Law Preliminary Remarks.

  • Author

    Allan R. Brewer-Carías, Universidad Central de Venezuela
    Allan R. Brewer-Carias has been Professor at the Central University of Venezuela since 1963. He also has been Simón Bolívar Professor at the Law Faculty of Cambridge University (1985–6), where he was a Fellow of Trinity College; at the University of Paris II (1990); and at Columbia University, where he has been Visiting Scholar and Adjunct Professor of Law (2002–4 and 2006–7). He is a titular member of the International Academy of Comparative Law, where he served as Vice President (1982–2010) and of the Venezuelan National Academy of Political and Social Sciences, where he served as President (1997–9). In Venezuela, he was also President of the Public Administration Commission, Senator for the Federal District, Minister for Decentralization and an elected member of the 1999 National Constituent Assembly.

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