Formal Amendment Rules: Functions and Design

Routledge Handbook of Comparative Constitutional Change (Xenophon Contiades & Alkmene Fotiadou, eds., Forthcoming)

U of Texas Law, Public Law Research Paper No. 579

32 Pages Posted: 14 Aug 2018

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Richard Albert

University of Texas at Austin - School of Law; Yale University - Law School; University of Toronto - Faculty of Law; Universidad Externado de Colombia - Facultad de Derecho; Interdisciplinary Center (IDC) Herzliyah - Radzyner School of Law

Date Written: July 30, 2018

Abstract

In this Chapter for the Routledge Handbook on Comparative Constitutional Change, I explain the functions of formal amendment rules—not of formal amendments but of the rules by which codified constitutions are altered. I also critique existing classifications of formal amendment rules, and suggest the beginnings of a more comprehensive account of their structure. My principal purpose in this Chapter is to map the scholarly understanding of formal amendment rules in order to better appreciate their various forms and functions. My second purpose is to help generate an agenda for further research into the structure, purposes and uses of formal amendment. I identify patterns, similarities, and distinctions in order to encourage renewed interest in the study of formal amendment as a subject separate from though of course related to informal amendment. This Chapter is therefore both an inquiry and an invitation to further research.

Keywords: Constitutional Amendment, Comparative Constitutional Law, Formal Amendment, Informal Amendment, Constitutional Design, Constitution-Making

Suggested Citation

Albert, Richard, Formal Amendment Rules: Functions and Design (July 30, 2018). Routledge Handbook of Comparative Constitutional Change (Xenophon Contiades & Alkmene Fotiadou, eds., Forthcoming); U of Texas Law, Public Law Research Paper No. 579. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3222081 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3222081

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