International Regionalism and National Constitutions: A Jurimetric Assessment

37 Pages Posted: 26 Jun 2014

Date Written: June 2014


This paper considers a large global sample of constitutional texts (i.e. 171 constitutions from 153 countries) and assesses to what extent and how they refer to the increasingly important phenomenon of international regionalism (or regional integration) and how they deal with potential sources of tensions and contradictions between the national legal systems and the emerging regional regulatory universes. A typology of clauses is therefore proposed. In addition, some evidence is presented on the evolution of constitutional references over time, and on the relationship between constitutional referencing and the depth of the (de facto and de jure) regionalization processes.

Keywords: regionalism, regional integration, constitutions, jurimetrics

Suggested Citation

De Lombaerde, Philippe and Rodriguez, Liliana, International Regionalism and National Constitutions: A Jurimetric Assessment (June 2014). Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies Research Paper No. RSCAS 2014/72, Available at SSRN: or

Philippe De Lombaerde (Contact Author)

United Nations University (UNU-CRIS) ( email )

Potterierei 72
Brugge, West-Flanders 8000

Liliana Rodriguez

Independent ( email )

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