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Between Constitutionalism and Legal Pluralism: Perspectives from Greece

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Part of the Ius Comparatum - Global Studies in Comparative Law book series (GSCL, volume 41)

Abstract

The relationship between the Greek Constitution and European law; the bailout of Greece by combined action of national, European and international institutions; the haircut of Greek bonds to reduce sovereign debt; the compulsory application of sharia law over the Muslim population of a specific region of the country; the impact of the Judgments of the ECHR in the domestic legal order; and the refugee crisis which marks the return of territoriality associated with national sovereignty, are central fields where legal pluralism is tested, in an interplay of national, European and international law. The Greek experience highlights the current dilemma, whether the prevailing trend in the age of globalization is going to be primarily a process of constitutionalization of international law, or, rather, the reverse one. The question is particularly acute in Europe, where both visions compete with one another, and against the return to traditional European nationalism.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.National and Capodistrian University of AthensAthensGreece

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