By Mark Tushnet
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- Michel Rosenfeld, Cardozo institution of Law,Yeshiva collage, US
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Contents: creation 1. Constitution-Making 2. The constructions of Constitutional evaluate and a few Implications for major Constitutional legislations three. The constitution of Rights research: Proportionality, principles, and foreign legislation four. The constitution of presidency end Index
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An amendment seeking to change an unamendable provision could be inadmissible in the sense that its proponents could not lawfully use the existing amendment procedure to get it adopted: Relevant officials might rule the amendment out of order, or refuse to place it on the ballot and, were courts called upon and agreed with the officials’ judgments about substantive unconstitutionality, the courts would uphold such refusal. Sometimes the idea of an amendment’s substantive unconstitutionality is coupled with the acknowledgment that the “amendment” could be adopted as part of a process of replacing the existing constitution with another – at least where the existing constitution itself lays out processes for constitutional replacement.
The problem occurs when someone – especially a majority short of the supermajority required to amend the constitution – finds that some constitutional arrangement in place blocks them from achieving a policy goal they think desirable. Suppose they agree that stability in constitutional arrangements is an important value, but, after taking that into account, they think that, on balance, their nation would be better overall if it violated the constitution and adopted the policy. Are there good reasons for abandoning the policy anyway (Seidman 2012)?
Typically, the category of organic laws is defined by rules requiring their adoption – and, importantly, amendment or repeal – by a qualified majority of the legislature, sometimes a supermajority such as two-thirds, sometimes a majority of the body as a whole rather than a majority of a quorum. Organic laws fall between ordinary legislation and constitutional provisions on a scale of difficulty of adoption, amendment and repeal. In addition to their utility in dealing with important subjects whose implementation is rife with technical detail, creating the category can be a useful mechanism for getting over some obstacles in the constitution-writing process, and the phenomenon of organic laws is common enough that constitution-writers may reasonably believe that they are not avoiding their responsibilities.
Advanced Introduction to Comparative Constitutional Law by Mark Tushnet