Topics Constitutionality of legislation

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


Procedures for examining whether the content of a piece of legislation is in accord with the constitution. This may or may not be permissible prior to the promulgation of the legislation.



Survey Questions

  • What proportion of the vote of the court is required to find legislation unconstitutional?
  • Who has standing to initiate challenge to the constitutionality of legislation?
  • At what stage of the legislative process can bills be reviewed for constitutionality?
  • What is the effect of a determination of unconstitutionality?