Cover Osteuropa 9/2010

In Osteuropa 9/2010

The Transfer of Constitutional Law from West to East
Illusion, Disillusion, New Start

Angelika Nußberger

Deutsche Fassung


The collapse of Communism left behind a vacuum in constitutional law in Eastern Europe and Central Asia. The regimes tried to fill this through a “maximum” adoption of western constitutional models. Even with the new guise, however, old ideas continued to make themselves felt. The regimes reacted to the realisation that western constitutional law could not be transferred to their reality without problems by introducing constitutional amendments and by subcutaneously undermining constitutional postulates. The effects of transfer of law deviated strongly from what was intended.

(Osteuropa 9/2010, pp. 81–96)