Topics Constitutional interpretation

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


Describes which bodies of government are empowered to interpret the constitution. This is commonly the role of a constitutional court or supreme court, but in some cases is a responsibility of all or a part of the legislature.



Survey Questions

  • To whom does the constitution assign the responsibility for the interpretation of the constitution?