Topics Principle of no punishment without law

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


Protects individuals from being prosecuted for actions that were not crimes at the time they were committed. Similarly, the sentence imposed cannot be greater than the one that was mandated at the time that the crime was committed.


Rights and Duties


accused; criminal procedure; nulla poena sine lege; rule of law

Survey Questions

  • Does the constitution mention nulla poena sine lege or the principle that no person should be punished without law?