The Canadian Contribution to a Comparative Law of Secession

Legacies of the Quebec Secession Reference

  • Giacomo Delledonne
  • Giuseppe Martinico

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. Giacomo Delledonne, Giuseppe Martinico
    Pages 1-8
  3. Roberto Castaldi
    Pages 231-247
  4. Back Matter
    Pages 283-286

About this book


This edited collection gathers together Canadian and non-Canadian scholars to reflect on and celebrate the 20th
anniversary of the Quebec Secession Reference, delivered by the Canadian Supreme Court in 1998. It opens with
two Canadian scholars exchanging thoughts on the legacy of the reference from a domestic perspective as one of
the most questioned decisions of the Canadian Supreme Court. To follow, non-Canadian scholars discuss the
impact of this reference abroad, reflecting upon its influence in European and non-European contexts (Spain,
Scotland, the EU after Brexit, Eastern European Countries, Ethiopia, and Asia). Two final chapters, one by a lawyer
and one by a political scientist, explore the democratic theory behind that reference.


Federalism secession Comparative Public Law Quebec Politics Canadian Law Canadian Politics Canadian Reference Courts secessionist movements Constitution Canadian legal system Supreme Court

Editors and affiliations

  • Giacomo Delledonne
    • 1
  • Giuseppe Martinico
    • 2
  1. 1.Comparative Public LawSant'Anna School of Advanced StudiesPisaItaly
  2. 2.Comparative Public LawSant'Anna School of Advanced StudiesPisaItaly

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