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Title: The constitutional role of a member of parliament in Malta
Authors: Azzopardi, Nicholas
Keywords: Constitutional law -- Malta
Legislative bodies -- Malta
Malta. Legislature. House of Representatives -- Rules and practice
Issue Date: 2015
Abstract: In today’s modern political discourse and inclinations, it seems that one could find it easy to forget the first and foremost objective of the role our Parliament plays in society – that is a democratically elected and chosen set of people deemed to be apt by the nation’s eligible voters, there to serve the country and its citizens In this thesis I will look to lay open the true and explicit role of a Member of Parliament in our country, with high regard being given to the role our Constitution has in defining and establishing such. A genuine emphasis needs to be placed on the analysis of what is constitutionally, legally and politically expected of Members of Parliament, and the practical translation of the wording found in our Constitution into the actual practice of the role of the Member of the highest institution of the state. Constant scrutiny of the faithfulness of the collective and separate roles of Members of Parliament to the Constitution – the ultimate document that should direct these institutions and strengthen them – is a fundamental necessity in a growing and ever moving democracy. Our Constitution and parliamentary system should never pause or ground to a halt. Both need to be constantly updated and renewed in light of the fact that political and legal scenarios have indicated shortcomings, and even benefits, of the provisions provided to regulate Parliament and more importantly the Members it is composed of. History has taught us a number of lessons, which we should use to our advantage in the bettering of the functioning of our Parliament and our politicians. The Constitution, as the supreme law which establishes and maintains the very Republic of Malta, deserves to be in line with the realities of today and the future. This can be done in two separate ways – the first is to assess the reality of today’s political and legal situation and reform the Constitution where the latter is found lacking, whilst the second method is to redefine the role of Members of Parliament in such a way as to keep them faithful to the intentions and true goals of the Constitution of Malta. This dissertation aims to critically analyse the today’s situation in light of this and outline the way forward. My research will show that there has been a severe deviation from Constitutional wording and intent to the reality of the role of the Member of Parliament, and out of respect to both, this anomaly needs to be rectified. The disparity that currently exists between the most supreme law of the state and the highest institution established by it can no longer be ignored, and this dissertation studies the methods through which this can be rectified in the most efficient and coherent manner.
Description: LL.D.
Appears in Collections:Dissertations - FacLawPub - 2015

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