Citizen Law Initiative for the Repeal of Law 840 of the Interoceanic Canal

The Citizen Law Initiative for the Repeal of Law 840 of the Interoceanic Canal for Nicaragua was proposed by the National Council for the Defense of the Earth, Lake and Sovereignty - with the legal support of the Popol Na Foundation. The repeal initiative was presented to Congress, which rejected it immediately, and before the Supreme Court of Justice of the country, in order to stop a project that, besides depriving a large number of local communities, will cause irreparable damage to the Ecosystem of the Central American country. 28698 citizens signed the initiative to repeal the Law, which was accompanied by a strong social mobilization around the country.

Institutional design


Formalization: is the innovation embedded in the constitution or legislation, in an administrative act, or not formalized at all?

Frequency: how often does the innovation take place: only once, sporadically, or is it permanent or regular?

Mode of Selection of Participants: is the innovation open to all participants, access is restricted to some kind of condition, or both methods apply?

Type of participants: those who participate are individual citizens, civil society organizations, private stakeholders or a combination of those?

Decisiveness: does the innovation takes binding, non-binding or no decision at all?

Co-governance: is there involvement of the government in the process or not?

embedded in the constitution/legislation 
Mode of selection of participants
Type of participants
democratic innovation yields a non-binding decision  


  • Deliberation
  • Direct Voting
  • E-Participation
  • Citizen Representation


  • Accountability
  • Responsiveness
  • Rule of Law
  • Political Inclusion
  • Social Equality

Policy cycle

Agenda setting
Formulation and decision-making
Policy Evaluation

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