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Constitutional development in Ukraine

16.05.2013
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Constitutional development in Ukraine

The experts at CPLR have been active participants in the development of the Constitutional order of Ukraine since the signing of the Constitution. Below is a short history of CPLR’s relationship to the Constitution of Ukraine.

The Constitution of Ukraine was adopted by Parliament on June 28, 1996, almost five years after proclamation of the independence of Ukraine on August 24, 1991. The Declaration of Independence was confirmed by more than 90% of the citizens of Ukraine in a referendum on December 1, 1991.

The adoption of the Constitution was preceded by the conclusion in June 1995 of the Constitutional Treaty between the Parliament and the President containing the basic principles of organization and operation of state and local government in Ukraine for the period until the adoption of the new Constitution of Ukraine. The initiative to draft a new constitution was taken in October 1990, shortly after the adoption of the Declaration of State Sovereignty of Ukraine, which is one of the key documents for the restoration of Ukraine’s independence and its development towards democracy. 

The morning of June 28, 1996, after the sleepless all-night work of Parliament, a new page in the history of political and legal developments in Ukraine began.

I. General characteristics of the Ukrainian Constitution

II. The first years after the adoption of the Constitution

III. The question of constitutional reform on the agenda

IV. National referendum of 2000

V. The Orange Revolution and constitutional reform of 2004

VI. The Constitution with amendments in action

VII. 2010 – reincarnations of old problems in a much larger scale

VIII. In total violation of the Constitution begins a new phase of constitutional reform

24 August 1991, people come to Verkhovna Rada to support proclamation of the Independence of Ukraine  
Source of image: pravda.com.ua
1 December 1991, on referendum 90,32 % voters supported the Declaration of Independence of Ukraine   
 
28 June 1996, President Leonid Kuchma, Head of the Verkhovna Rada Oleksandr
Moroz and MPs after adoption of the Constitution
Source of image: ukrinform.ua