The book first discusses definitions and functions of a constitution in general. It then examines the historical development, sources and interpretation of the Swiss Federal Constitution of 1999. In addition, the major structural principles underlying the Swiss Constitution are analyzed such as the principle of the Rechtsstaat, federalism, democracy and social justice. Furthermore, the book explains how the federal state is constituted and describes the federal organs, their powers and functions as well as the relationships between them. The book also places a special emphasis on the fundamental rights guaranteed by the Swiss Federal Constitution of 1999 and the protection of these rights by the Federal Supreme Court and the European Court of Human Rights.
Presenting a succinct and updated account of Swiss constitutional law as well as the legal developments in statutory law and case law since 2016 influencing the interpretation of the Constitution, the second edition of this book will be the ideal introduction for the interested English-speaking student. In addition, anybody interested in the foundation of the Swiss legal system will find the book a useful point of entry to this fascinating field of study.