Interdependency between Sovereignty, Citizenship and the Right to Vote

A1 Journal article (refereed)


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Publication Details

List of Authors: Markku Suksi
Publisher: Walter de Gruyter
Place: Berlin & Boston
Publication year: 2018
Journal: Vienna Online Journal On International Constitutional Law
Journal acronym: ICL
Volume number: 12
Issue number: 1
Start page: 19
End page: 58
eISSN: 1995-5855


Abstract

It is fully legitimate and permissible under international human rights law to limit the right to vote to the citizens of the State. The relationship between sovereignty, citizenship and the right to vote is to some extent self-evident and undramatic. However, the triangular relationship between the three concepts is an important background factor summarizing much of what States are and do, and therefore, it is necessary to make visible the self-sustaining nature of the triangle and explicate the three corners of the triangle by means of drafting history of the human rights conventions and case law from international and national court instances as well as by means of examples from national law, in this case drawn from the Nordic space. The point here is that although the various human rights conventions formulate a right to participation through elections, the normative powers exercised in relation to sovereignty, citizenship and the right to vote are held by the national law-maker, and they are not influenced much by international human rights law.


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