The limits of the constitutional amending power in Chilean constitutional law

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The Chilean Constitution puts under the Constitutional Court’s jurisdiction the review of constitutional amendments. The notion of an unconstitutional constitutional amendment appeals to the existence of legal limits to the constitutional amending power. This article discards several alternatives of interpretation of the constitutional amendment’s limits and favors, instead, a formal, restrictive reading of such limits as the only ones compatible with the principles of democracy and popular sovereignty. This restrictive interpretation has enormous significance for understanding the amending power in times of constitutional change.

Translated title of the contributionLos límites de la potestad de reforma constitucional en el derecho constitucional chileno
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)113-135
Number of pages23
JournalRevista de Derecho
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2023
Externally publishedYes


  • Amending power
  • Unconstitutional constitutional amendment
  • sovereignty


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