by Markus Kern/Fabian Schmid.
On November 29, 2020, the Swiss electorate had to vote on two Popular Initiatives:
the Popular Initiative “For responsible businesses – protecting human rights and the environment” and
the Popular Initiative “For a ban on financing war material manufacturers”
by Thomas Fleiner, Professor Emeritus of Public Law, University of Fribourg, Former President of the Executive Committee of the IACL
The voters decided to reject the popular initiative with the lowest turnout (33.7%) of the last 6 years. At the same time, the majority of the voters adopted the law on the risk of money games.
The sovereign decided on this Sunday with two decisions. One decision was on a popular initiative for sovereign or plain money, the second was a referendum on the law concerning the risk of playing games with money.
A summary by Dr.Maria Pichou, Postdoctoral Researcher at the University of Luxembourg.
How can the general public participate in constitution-making and constitution-amending procedures? Are popular initiatives in constitutional change more desirable or feasible in European countries today? The recent Roundtable ‘Constitutional Change and People’, organised by the University of Luxembourg and the International Association of Constitutional Law (Constitution-Making and Constitutional Change Research Group) on December 12th 2014, dealt with these issues.