The false opposition in Belgian public law between national and popular sovereignty

A recent volume makes the case for a revision of the standing interpretation of sovereignty in the Belgian Constitution. The book is the result of a four-years’ interdisciplinary collaboration between philosophers, lawyers, historians and political scientists to establish a historically and intellectually sound reinterpretation of sovereignty, and to formulate scenarios for political renewal in Belgium. In this post Christophe Maes considers the false opposition between the concepts of national and constitutional sovereignty in Belgian constitutional interpretation. The far-reaching consequences of this commonly made division appear to rest on unstable foundations.

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The liberal and Catholic origins of the Belgian Constitution

A recent volume makes the case for a revision of the standing interpretation of sovereignty in the Belgian Constitution. The book is the result of a four-years’ interdisciplinary collaboration between philosophers, lawyers, historians and political scientists to establish a historically and intellectually sound reinterpretation of sovereignty, and to formulate scenarios for political renewal in Belgium.  In today’s post, historian Stefaan Marteel considers the ideas of the liberals and Catholics who opposed the government of the United Kingdom of the Netherlands, in the years preceding the Belgian Revolution.

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Sovereignty in the Belgian Constitution revisited: Introduction

A recent volume makes the case for a revision of the standing interpretation of sovereignty in the Belgian Constitution. The book is the result of a four-years’ interdisciplinary collaboration between philosophers, lawyers, historians and political scientists to establish a historically and intellectually sound reinterpretation of sovereignty, and to formulate scenarios for political renewal in Belgium.  Today’s post provides an introduction to the book’s subject matter and its central arguments. In succeeding posts, contributors will elaborate on some of the main findings. Continue reading “Sovereignty in the Belgian Constitution revisited: Introduction”