MINORITY ISSUES IN THE JURISPRUDENCE OF THE CONSTITUTIONAL COURTS IN EUROPE

The fact that in 2018, the Constitutional Court of Moldova examined the constitutionality of certain legal provisions on the use of Russian language and adopted an interesting and controversial decision, has provoked the idea to explore deeper the role of the constitutional courts in the protection of minorities. Two aspects are relevant here. First, the interpretations of constitutional courts when they decide in the cases of the constitutional review of the laws and their impact on the scope of minority protection: to what extent are those interpretations widening or limiting minority rights. Second, whether and if yes, to what extent, the constitutional complaint is used and is effective as a tool for the protection of national minority rights.

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