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Explore the Max Planck Encyclopedia of Comparative Constitutional Law

On 27 April 2017, Oxford University Press launched a new online service, the Max Planck Encyclopedia of Comparative Constitutional Law, as a key research complement and application to the vast trove of primary constitutional texts and analytical commentary already available in the constitutional law family of products: Oxford Constitutions of the World and US Constitutional Law.

Overseen by the editors at the Max Planck Foundation for International Peace and the Rule of Law, the Max Planck Encyclopedia of Comparative Constitutional Law provides a high level of analytic coverage of constitutional law topics in a comparative context. Over 570 articles are currently planned, which are being authored, peer reviewed, and prepared for publication. The encyclopedia articles—modeled on those in the Max Planck Encyclopedia of Public International Law—address a focused range of topics that seek to provide the best coverage of the essence, character, development, and history of constitutional law from a global perspective. The Max Planck Encyclopedia of Comparative Constitutional Law also includes links to articles in the Max Planck Encyclopedia of Public International Law when making reference to terms covered in the latter reference work.

To offer further insight into the range and depth of this resource, selected articles are made freely available each month, including the recently published article on the Bill of Rights (1689).

Is there a divine right of kings or are the powers of government conferred upon the community as a whole, represented by the King and the House of Lords and House of Commons? That question framed the constitutional struggles concerning the respective roles and powers of the monarch and of parliament in seventeenth century England. Amidst the backdrop of military and constitutional crises surrounding the struggle to reframe England’s monarchical government into the absolutist model of the rest of Europe, England established a lasting model of parliamentary monarchy based on the principle of the sovereignty of Parliament. In Bill of Rights (1689), Rainer Grote discusses the background and drafting of this key constitutional document, its salient features and content, and its evolution and impact on constitutional law over the centuries. This article is one of seven new articles published in the May update of the Max Planck Encyclopedia of Comparative Constitutional Law.

To view the Bill of Rights (1689) article in its entirety as well as the four other articles that are currently freely available, please visit the links below:

Bill of Rights (1689)
Constitutional Court of Colombia (Corte Constitucional de Colombia)
Higher Education
Relation of Constitutional Courts / Supreme Courts to ECtHR
State Action Doctrine

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May 31, 2018

May 2018 Update Now Live

Six new articles and substantial updates to 39 articles are now available within the Max Planck Encyclopedia of Public International Law (MPEPIL).

March 15, 2018

March 2018 Update Now Live

19 updated articles now available within the Max Planck Encyclopedia of Public International Law (MPEPIL).

October 19, 2017

October 2017 Update Live

14 updated articles now available on MPEPIL.

July 21, 2017

July 2017 Update Live

12 updated articles now available on MPEPIL