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    Author(s) Yaniv Roznai
    PublisherOxford University Press
    Publish YearAugust 2017


    Oxford University Press Unconstitutional Constitutional Amendments: The Limits Of Amendment Powers by Yaniv Roznai

    Can constitutional amendments be unconstitutional? The problem of 'unconstitutional constitutional amendments' has become one of the most widely debated issues in comparative constitutional theory, constitutional design, and constitutional adjudication. This book describes and analyses the increasing tendency in global constitutionalism to substantively limit formal changes to constitutions. The challenges of constitutional unamendability to constitutional theory become even more complex when constitutional courts enforce such limitations through substantive judicial review of amendments, often resulting in the declaration that these constitutional amendments are 'unconstitutional'. 
    Combining historical comparisons, constitutional theory, and a wide comparative study, Yaniv Roznai sets out to explain what the nature of amendment power is, what its limitations are, and what the role of constitutional courts is and should be when enforcing limitations on constitutional amendments. 

    About the Author
    Yaniv Roznai is an assistant professor at the Radzyner Law School of the Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya (IDC). He specializes in comparative constitutional law, constitutional theory, legisprudence, and public international law. Roznai holds a PhD and LLM from the London School of Economics, and LLB and BA degrees in law and government from the IDC. He is also an elected board member and secretary general of the Israeli Association of Public Law. He has been a Post-Doctoral Fellow at the Minerva Center for the Rule of Law under Extreme Conditions, University of Haifa, and at the Hauser Global Law School, New York University, and a visiting researcher at the Program in Law and Public Affairs, Princeton University. This book is based upon his PhD for which he was awarded the 2014 Thesis Prize of the European Group of Public Law.

    Table of contents
    Part I: Comparative Constitutional Unamendability 
    1: Explicit Constitutional Unamendability 
    2: Implicit Constitutional Unamendability 
    3: Supra-Constitutional Unamendability 
    Part II: Towards a Theory of Constitutional Unamendability 
    4: The Nature of Constitutional Amendment Powers 
    5: The Scope of Constitutional Amendment Powers 
    6: The Spectrum of Constitutional Amendment Powers 
    Part III: Enforcing Constitutional Unamendability 
    7: Understanding Judicial Review of Constitutional Amendments 
    8: Exercising Judicial Review of Constitutional Amendments 
    9: Conclusion 
    Appendix: Explicit Unamendability in World Constitutions

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