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Constitutional Law in Belgium by HALJAN

Constitutional Law in Belgium

Edited by André Alen, David Haljan, Willem Verrijdt


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Derived from the renowned multi-volume International Encyclopaedia of Laws, this very useful analysis of constitutional law in Belgium provides essential information on the country’s sources of constitutional law, its form of government, and its administrative structure. Lawyers who handle transnational matters will appreciate the clarifications of particular terminology and its application. Throughout the book, the treatment emphasizes the specific points at which constitutional law affects the interpretation of legal rules and procedure.

Thorough coverage by a local expert fully describes the political system, the historical background, the role of treaties, legislation, jurisprudence, and administrative regulations. The discussion of the form and structure of government outlines its legal status, the jurisdiction and workings of the central state organs, the subdivisions of the state, its decentralized authorities, and concepts of citizenship. Special issues include the legal position of aliens, foreign relations, taxing and spending powers, emergency laws, the power of the military, and the constitutional relationship between church and state. Details are presented in such a way that readers who are unfamiliar with specific terms and concepts in varying contexts will fully grasp their meaning and significance.

Its succinct yet scholarly nature, as well as the practical quality of the information it provides, make this book a valuable time-saving tool for both practising and academic jurists. Lawyers representing parties with interests in Belgium will welcome this guide, and academics and researchers will appreciate its value in the study of comparative constitutional law.

Publish Date 09/22/2020
Product Line Kluwer Law International
ISBN 9789403525822
SKU 10085175-0001
Table of Contents

The Authors

The Editors

Introduction to the 2020 Edition

List of Abbreviations

Note on Caselaw

General Introduction

Part I. Sources of Constitutional Law

Chapter 1. Treaties

Chapter 2. The Constitution

Chapter 3. Legislation

Chapter 4. Caselaw

Chapter 5. Unwritten Law

Chapter 6. Administrative Regulations and Orders

Chapter 7. Codification, Interpretation and Publication

Part II. Form of Government

Chapter 1. General

Chapter 2. Head of State

Chapter 3. The Legislature

Chapter 4. The Executive

Chapter 5. The Judiciary

Chapter 6. Independent Advisory or Supervisory Bodies at the Legislative and Executive Levels

Part III. The State and Its Subdivisions

Chapter 1. The Structure of the State: A Federal State Sui Generis

Chapter 2. An Outline of the Federated Entities: Communities and Regions

Chapter 3. Decentralised Authorities

Part IV. Nationality and the Administration of Justice

Chapter 1. Belgian Nationality

Chapter 2. Fundamental Rights and Liberties

Chapter 3. Constitutional Safeguards for Specific Groups and Minorities

Chapter 4. Judicial Control of Administrative Action

Chapter 5. Rights and Status of Foreigners

Part V. Specific Issues

Chapter 1. War, Treaty and Foreign Affairs Powers

Chapter 2. Taxing and Spending Power

Chapter 3. Emergency Laws

Chapter 4. The Constitutional Relationship Between Church and State

Selected Bibliography

Table of Legislative Instruments


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