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Constitutional Law in Greece, Third edition

By PHILIPPOS C. SPYROPOULOS, Theodore P. Fortsakis


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Derived from the renowned multi-volume International Encyclopaedia of Laws, this very useful analysis of constitutional law in Greece 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 Greece will welcome this guide, and academics and researchers will appreciate its value in the study of comparative constitutional law.

Publish Date 11/07/2017
Publish Frequency As Needed
Product Line Kluwer Law International
ISBN 9789041192158
SKU 10057484-0001
Table of Contents

The Authors


List of Abbreviations



General Introduction

Part I. Constitutional History, Sources of Constitutional Law, Codification and Interpretation

Chapter 1. An Outline of Constitutional History

Chapter 2. Sources of Constitutional Law

Chapter 3. Codification and Interpretation of Legal Rules

Part II. The Head of State

Chapter 1. Election and Substitution

Chapter 2. Legal Status

Chapter 3. Competence

Chapter 4. Responsibility

Part III. Parliament

Chapter 1. The Organ of State

Chapter 2. Legal Status

Chapter 3. Competence

Chapter 4. Organization

Chapter 5. Workings of Parliament

Chapter 6. The Dissolution of Parliament

Chapter 7. Political Parties, Lobbies and Interest Groups

Chapter 8. Referendum

Part IV. Public Administration

Chapter 1. The Government

Chapter 2. Advisory and Supervisory Institutions

Chapter 3. Constitutional Independent Authorities and Other Independent Administrative Authorities

Chapter 4. Other Advisory Bodies in the Public Administration

Chapter 5. Decentralization

Chapter 6. Local Government

Chapter 7. Functional Self-Administration

Chapter 8. The Principles of Action and Personnel of the Public Administration

Chapter 9. Control of Administrative Action

Part V. The Judiciary

Chapter 1. Judicial Organization

Chapter 2. Legal Status of Judges

Chapter 3. Judicial Review of the Unconstitutionality of Laws

Part VI. Fundamental Rights and Freedoms

Chapter 1. General

Chapter 2. The Particular Rights and Freedoms

Part VII. Specific Issues

Chapter 1. Religious Freedom, Church and State

Chapter 2. Citizenship, Minorities, Aliens

Chapter 3. Taxing and Spending Power

Chapter 4. The State of Siege (Emergency): War

Chapter 5. The Greek Debt Crisis

Selected Bibliography