Topics Accession of territory

Constitute topics are built from the variables in the Comparative Constitutions Project’s dataset, which captures the content of world constitutions. The particular variables relevant to this topic are listed below, in the form of survey questions.

More information about the CCP’s research design is available here, including background information on how the team designed the inventory of constitutional topics as well as the full coding survey


Allows the state to incorporate new territory into the country. Usually also specifies the necessary steps for this to happen.




colonies; independence; protectorates; territories

Survey Questions

  • Does the constitution provide for accession or adoption of territory outside of the country into the constitutional regime?
  • What is the process for accession or entry of external territorial units?