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Title: The Scope and Limits of the Juridical People
Authors: Velasco-Rivera, Mariana
Keywords: Constitutional changeconstitution-makingconstitutional amendmentconstituent powerreferendumspopular sovereigntyunconstitutional constitutional amendments
Issue Date: 2021
Publisher: EUT Edizioni Università di Trieste
Source: Mariana Velasco-Rivera, "The Scope and Limits of the Juridical People" in: "Etica & Politica / Ethics & Politics (2021) XXIII/3", EUT Edizioni Università di Trieste, Trieste, 2021, pp. 275-283
Journal: Etica & Politica / Ethics & Politics 
In this review essay I discuss some of the aspects that I think are opportunities to further develop the theoretical contribution that Joel Colón-Ríos makes in his latest book Constituent power and the Law (Oxford University Press 2020). Accordingly, this review essay is divided in two sections. In the first section I argue that the perils of conflating the sovereignty and constituent power are not limited to constitution-making instances but that they are also present in constitutional amendment episodes. In the second section I discuss two aspects related to the scope and limits of Colón-Ríos’ theory: could constituent power be exercised through means other than constitution-making instances? How much trust should we trust referendums as effective means to determine the will of the people?
Type: Article
ISSN: 1825-5167
DOI: 10.13137/1825-5167/33991
Rights: Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 Internazionale
Appears in Collections:Etica & Politica / Ethics & Politics (2021) XXIII/3

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