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The Constitution of EmpireTerritorial Expansion and American Legal History$
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Gary Lawson and Guy Seidman

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780300102314

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300102314.001.0001

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Conclusion: Imperial Reflections

Conclusion: Imperial Reflections

(p.202) Conclusion: Imperial Reflections
The Constitution of Empire

Gary Lawson

Guy Seidman

Yale University Press

This chapter reflects on the Constitution's suitability for an empire, arguing that it depends on what constitutes an empire, as long as it aims for an eventual statehood. It also states that the Constitution's suitability for an empire depends on how one sees the “Constitution.” As described in its Article VI, the Constitution is the supreme law of the land, and not a set of social practices, moral aspirations, or principles that emerges from a process of reflective equilibrium; the Constitution's will is supreme and no law shall be made to go against it.

Keywords:   empire, Constitution, statehood, Article VI, supreme law

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