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Denmark: The 150th Anniversary of the Danish Constitution and a Landmark Decision of the Supreme Court

Denmark: The 150th Anniversary of the Danish Constitution and a Landmark Decision of the Supreme... DENMARK The 150th Anniversary of the Danish Coms~tuaom and a Landmark Decision o f the Supreme Court During the last year Danish constitutional debate has been dominated by two events - one of them foreseen for a long time and therefore accurately planned - the 150th anniversary of the first Danish democratic Constitution - the other one totally unexpected - a landmark decision of the Supreme Court where the court for the first time in its history declared a parliamentary enacted law unconstitutional, and where the court made an important contribution to the understanding of the separation of powers clause of the Danish Constitution (section 3). This rapport will deal with each of these questions, and in conclusion try to link the two events together, as they can both shed light on the future direction of constitutional life in Denmark. Tline %50m hniwersanq of t n Consatu~on ge and the Debate on C o s a s ~ m ~ o n a l Change The anniversary of the Constitution of course gave rise to a lot of official arrangements and celebrations, but naturally the event also triggered a lively debate within the legal community on the advantages http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png European Public Law Kluwer Law International

Denmark: The 150th Anniversary of the Danish Constitution and a Landmark Decision of the Supreme Court

European Public Law , Volume 5 (4) – Jan 21, 1999

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DENMARK The 150th Anniversary of the Danish Coms~tuaom and a Landmark Decision o f the Supreme Court During the last year Danish constitutional debate has been dominated by two events - one of them foreseen for a long time and therefore accurately planned - the 150th anniversary of the first Danish democratic Constitution - the other one totally unexpected - a landmark decision of the Supreme Court where the court for the first time in its history declared a parliamentary enacted law unconstitutional, and where the court made an important contribution to the understanding of the separation of powers clause of the Danish Constitution (section 3). This rapport will deal with each of these questions, and in conclusion try to link the two events together, as they can both shed light on the future direction of constitutional life in Denmark. Tline %50m hniwersanq of t n Consatu~on ge and the Debate on C o s a s ~ m ~ o n a l Change The anniversary of the Constitution of course gave rise to a lot of official arrangements and celebrations, but naturally the event also triggered a lively debate within the legal community on the advantages

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Published: Jan 21, 1999

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