Sovereignty and National Constitutions
23 Pages Posted: 1 Jun 2021
Date Written: May 30, 2021
According to the sovereigntist model of constitutional law, the constitution of any particular country is an expression of that country’s national identity. Under this view, France’s Constitution is an expression of French national identity, Chile’s constitution is an expression of Chilean national identity, and so on. This essay demonstrates that the sovereigntist model is descriptively inaccurate. In fact, the national constitutions of most countries in the world bear striking similarities to each other because those constitutions are products of transnational forces that shape the processes of drafting and interpreting constitutions. Sovereigntists may object to the influence of transnational forces, but they cannot block the dissemination of ideas across national borders any more than they can block the transmission of a virus across national borders. Any attempt to do so is doomed to fail.
Keywords: Constitutions, Sovereignty, transnational, constitution drafting, constitutional interpretation
JEL Classification: K19, K30, K40
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