Constitutions during the Wars

The Constitution of Georgia establishes the principle of territorial integrity. The inviolability of the state border is confirmed by the Constitution. Any Georgian citizen can move freely within the territory of the country and choose a place of residence. However, the 1992 and 2008 wars initiated by Russia and the ongoing occupation of Abkhazia and former South Osetia represents the infringement of constitutional norms. The war in Ukraine and the ongoing occupation of Crimea and other regions are the violations of territorial integrity clauses of the Constitution of Ukraine. These realities force us to think whether constitutions are effective safeguards in times of war. The panel will try to lay out the situations when basic laws could be useful and when they just fail to protect the people and the state.