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Greece – An Introduction to Greek Public Law

Greece – An Introduction to Greek Public Law GREECE An Introduction to Greek Public Law Anastasia Kaltsa* Ever since the Greek Revolution in 1821, the Greek legal order has been based on a written constitution which is the superior source of law for every branch of law in the country, including, of course, public law. Since 1981, however, when Greece joined the European Communities, public law obtained a new source of higher law, Community law, which under Article 28 of the Greek Constitution has supralegislative authority. What follows is a brief introduction to some of the essential features of Greek constitutional and administrative law. Constitutional Framework The Constitution of 1975,'1986 is the main source of internal public law. It is important in terms of its protection of both freedom and democracy. The position of the Constitution on top of the hierarchy of legal rules means that the lower legal rules are valid only if they agree with the Constitution, and that the administration is bound only by those legal rules which are issued by constitutionally elected or appointed agents and which conform in their content with the Constitution. The Greek Constitution is rigid, that is, it sets out sovereignly in Article 110 the conditions for modification http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png European Public Law Kluwer Law International

Greece – An Introduction to Greek Public Law

European Public Law , Volume 3 (2) – Jun 1, 1997

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GREECE An Introduction to Greek Public Law Anastasia Kaltsa* Ever since the Greek Revolution in 1821, the Greek legal order has been based on a written constitution which is the superior source of law for every branch of law in the country, including, of course, public law. Since 1981, however, when Greece joined the European Communities, public law obtained a new source of higher law, Community law, which under Article 28 of the Greek Constitution has supralegislative authority. What follows is a brief introduction to some of the essential features of Greek constitutional and administrative law. Constitutional Framework The Constitution of 1975,'1986 is the main source of internal public law. It is important in terms of its protection of both freedom and democracy. The position of the Constitution on top of the hierarchy of legal rules means that the lower legal rules are valid only if they agree with the Constitution, and that the administration is bound only by those legal rules which are issued by constitutionally elected or appointed agents and which conform in their content with the Constitution. The Greek Constitution is rigid, that is, it sets out sovereignly in Article 110 the conditions for modification

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European Public LawKluwer Law International

Published: Jun 1, 1997

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