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O direito da integração nas constituições dos Estados membros da União Europeia; Community law in the constitutions of the member states of the European Union

Chaimovich, Mariana Midea Cuccovia
Fonte: Biblioteca Digitais de Teses e Dissertações da USP Publicador: Biblioteca Digitais de Teses e Dissertações da USP
Tipo: Dissertação de Mestrado Formato: application/pdf
Publicado em 20/04/2011 PT
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A presente dissertação tem como objetivo analisar o contexto constitucional da integração Europeia, tendo como base as Constituições dos Estados Membros da União Europeia (UE).(1) O tema O Direito da Integração nas Constituições dos Estados Membros da União Europei pode ser visto por dois caminhos principais. O primeiro deles tem como foco o direito europeu, o direito comunitário, e a análise dos textos normativos que os compõem. (2) Para isso, seria necessário analisar com profundidade os principais tratados que constroem o direito europeu (notadamente, mas não apenas, os Tratados de Roma, Maastricht, Amsterdã, Nice e Lisboa) para em seguida discorrer sobre a possibilidade de atribuição de caráter constitucional a essa série de tratados que, ao abordar temas diversos e simultaneamente complementares, criaram e vêm construindo o que hoje é a União Europeia. Na tentativa de integrar o conceito de União Europeia e o de direito constitucional, optou-se por tratar do aspecto estatal da dimensão constitucional da União Europeia. O foco dessa dissertação é saber de que modo ocorre, ou se ocorre, a previsão da União Europeia nas Constituições dos vinte e sete Estados que a compõem. Serão destacadas, na medida do possível...

Triangulation of rights, balancing of interests : exploring the tensions between freedom of conscience and freedom of religion in comparative constitutional law

Dabby, Dia
Fonte: Université de Montréal Publicador: Université de Montréal
Tipo: Thèse ou Mémoire numérique / Electronic Thesis or Dissertation
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La liberté de religion, souvent reconnue comme étant la « première liberté » dans de nombreuses traditions juridiques, reflète également les différentes conceptions de la place de l’individu et de la communauté dans la société. Notre étude analysera les modèles constitutionnels canadien, américain et européen de liberté de religion et conscience. Dans un premier chapitre, nous examinerons les conceptions théoriques de la religion dans les sciences sociales ainsi les approches juridiques afin de mieux cerner comment la religion est conçue et de plus, comprendre les diverses influences sur sa conceptualisation. Dans un second et troisième chapitre, nous tenterons d’une part, de qualifier la relation entre la liberté de conscience et la liberté de religion au Canada en nous livrant à une analyse approfondie des deux libertés et d’autre part, d’identifier les questions qui demeurent irrésolues. Dans le chapitre final, nous observerons comment la liberté de conscience a été interprétée dans les contextes américain et dans l’Union Européenne, par le biais de la Cour Européenne des droits de l’Homme. Notre hypothèse est que l’on peut arriver à une meilleure compréhension de la relation entre les libertés de conscience et religion en clarifiant les conceptions théoriques de la religion et de la conscience en droit constitutionnel comparé.; Freedom of religion...

Northern Rhodesia; Statement by the Secretary of State for the Colonies on proposals for constitutional change

Great Britain -- Colonial Office; Northern Rhodesia Constitutional Conference, (1960-1961
Fonte: Universidade da Flórida Publicador: Universidade da Flórida
Tipo: Artigo de Revista Científica Formato: 1 online resource (1 page). : ;
Publicado em // ENGLISH
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"The Northern Rhodesian Constitutional Conference concluded at Lancaster House on Friday, February 17th." Page 1.

The constitutional review; Constitutional review (Washington, D.C.)

National Association for Constitutional Government (U.S.)
Fonte: Universidade da Flórida Publicador: Universidade da Flórida
Tipo: Artigo de Revista Científica Formato: 1 online resource (13 volumes) : illustrations ;
Publicado em // ENGLISH
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(System Details) Master and use copy. Digital master created according to Benchmark for Faithful Digital Reproductions of Monographs and Serials, Version 1. Digital Library Federation, December 2002.; (Dates or Sequential Designation) Print began with Vol. 1, no. 1 (April 1917); ceased with v. 13, no. 4 (October 1929).; (Numbering Peculiarities) No more published.; "A quarterly magazine advocating the maintenance of constitutional government and recording its progress at home and abroad."; Includes book reviews.; EContent provider-neutral record in process.

Shaping the International Order as a Union Objective and the Dynamic Internationalisation of Constitutional Law

LARIK, Joris
Fonte: Centre for the Law of EU External Relations Publicador: Centre for the Law of EU External Relations
Tipo: Trabalho em Andamento
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Shaping the international order according to the Union’s values is not just a political ambition, but is also enshrined in EU primary law in the form of the external objectives of the Union. These have been streamlined and expanded significantly with the Lisbon reform (above all Arts. 3(5) and 21 TEU). However, scholarship has not given these objectives an altogether warm welcome, often dismissing them as strange, superfluous or mere wishful thinking. The aim of this paper is to put these external objectives into the wider context of the ‘dynamic internationalisation’ of constitutional law around the world and approach them as part of a constitutional norm category. It is argued that in contemporary constitutional law, externally-oriented objectives are not unusual, but indeed increasingly commonplace. Moreover, at least in German and French legal scholarship, constitutional objectives have received considerable attention and are acknowledged as legally binding, in principle justiciable norms of constitutional rank, setting objectives apart from mere ‘soft law’. This also applies to externally-oriented objectives, even though a wider margin of discretion pertains to the executive branch as the main actor in the area of foreign affairs. Applying these findings to the EU...

Going 'belt and braces' : domestic effects of Euro-crisis law

LEINO, Päivi; SALMINEN, Janne
Fonte: Instituto Universitário Europeu Publicador: Instituto Universitário Europeu
Tipo: Trabalho em Andamento Formato: application/pdf
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This paper considers the effect of the recent EU measures relating to strengthened economic governance both at the EU level and the level of national (constitutional) law. We first explain the scope of EU competence in economic policy and its effects on Member State competence. We will then examine how this competence has been exercised during the past few years, in particular from the point of view of the domestic effects of the six-pack and two-pack, which constitute the ‘Belt’ needed to maintain stability in the euro area and thus hold the ‘trousers’ (economic policy decision-making) up. We then turn to the Fiscal Compact and the budgetary framework directive and their effects at national level, constituting the ‘Braces’ intended to ensure healthy national budgetary policies. The relevant question remains to be whether the current “belt and braces” rules are the appropriate approach for preventing new crises. There are both legal and political reasons for reconsidering some of the solutions made during the crisis. Maybe the trousers are just too loose?

Worldly ambitions : foreign policy objectives in European constitutional law

LARIK, Joris
Fonte: Instituto Universitário Europeu Publicador: Instituto Universitário Europeu
Tipo: Tese de Doutorado
EN
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Examining Board: Professor Loïc Azoulai, European University Institute Professor Marise Cremona, European University Institute (Supervisor) Professor Christophe Hillion, Leiden University Professor Daniel Thym, University of Konstanz.; Defence date: 3 June 2013; Constitutions of today do not merely address the salus populi anymore, the welfare of the people, but increasingly exhibit international ambitions. This is true in particular for the EU Treaties. To make sense of these developments, this thesis presents a comprehensive account of foreign policy objectives as a growing part of European constitutional law. It grasps these provisions as legal norms, discerns their legal force and functions, and situates them into the overall legal order of the state, the Union, and the composite 'European Constitutional Space’. It argues that for comparative constitutional law in general, the codification of foreign policy objectives suggests a step forward in the evolution of the role of the constitution: From limiting public authority to guiding it towards certain goals, both at home and in the world. For the EU in particular, this research advances a comparative constitutional perspective for the study of EU external relations, and adds a constitutional dimension to the 'normative power’ debate in the study of EU foreign policy. Drawing on established national doctrines on constitutional objectives from Germany...

A Constitutional Tribute to Global Governance: Overcoming the Chimera of the Developing-Developed Country Dichotomy

NEUWIRTH, Rostam Josef
Fonte: Instituto Universitário Europeu Publicador: Instituto Universitário Europeu
Tipo: Trabalho em Andamento Formato: application/pdf
EN
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This paper is based on a draft which was presented at the international conference 'Exclusions from Constitutional Law', held at the School of Law of the University of Hong Kong, October 28-29, 2009. The paper gathers the results from numerous experiences and conversations with people related to the topics touched upon in this paper. Too numerous to mention all of them, I wish to thank in particular H. Patrick Glenn, Francis Snyder, M.P. Singh, Surya Deva, Sindhu Vasantha Nagaraja, Arno Kreilhuber, Holger Neuwirth, Iris Neuwirth, Abderrahmane Ould Isselmou, Miguel Ângelo Loureiro de Lemos, Iris Eisenberger, and Chen Zhi Jie for the many interesting conversations and their useful comments. I would especially like to thank Francesco Francioni and Alison Tuck for their kind support in the organization of my stay as a Visiting Fellow at the European University Institute (EUI) in summer 2010.; The past century has seen drastic changes and the pace with which they occur appears yet to be accelerating. It is not only we as individuals who have difficulties following these processes, but also the international legal and institutional framework put in place by previous generations no longer provides efficient responses to the imminent global challenges. It appears that the perennial struggle between continuity and change has reached a new level. This new level is summarized in the global governance debate which is aimed at deepening our understanding of the processes on which our paths depend and...

Constitutional and judicial recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples: the migration of foundational ideas from Canada to Australia

Parrott, Louise Elizabeth
Fonte: Universidade Nacional da Austrália Publicador: Universidade Nacional da Austrália
Tipo: Thesis (PhD); Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
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Ideas that are migrating from Canada are already guiding advocates who seek greater judicial and constitutional recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. However, there is a need for a conceptual framework through which to approach the lessons that can be learned from Canada in this area. Inspired by The Migration of Constitutional Ideas, an edited work by Sujit Choudhry, in this thesis I argue that by thinking about the migration and transplantation of foundational ideas and by differentiating between four ‘modes’ of migration (arguments of counsel, judicial determinations, academic critique and constitutional reform deliberations), it is possible to better understand some of the processes that are at play. In particular, by adopting the terminology of the ‘migration’ and ‘transplantation’ of ‘foundational’ ideas, I aim to demonstrate that it is dangerous to transplant foundational ideas, whether derived from the common law or constitutional law, without other ideas (particularly in relation to implications) also migrating. This thesis is a response to two distinct but related topics: ‘Topic 1 — The Potential for Judicial Recognition of Indigenous Self-Government Rights: The Migration of Foundational Ideas from Canada to Australia’ and ‘Topic 2 — Constitutional Recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples...

Neoconstitutionalism and Practical Reasonableness (Theoretical Framework for a Proposed Master in Constitutional Law); Neoconstitucionalismo y razonabilidad práctica (Marco teórico para una propuesta de Maestría en Derecho Constitucional)

Mora-Restrepo, Gabriel; Universidad de La Sabana
Fonte: Universidade La Sabana Publicador: Universidade La Sabana
Tipo: Artigo de Revista Científica
SPA
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This article presents the transformations experienced by Colombian law due to the socalled neoconstitutionalism, from a perspective that seeks to draw both its positive and problematic aspects. In essence they are four: first, an order of values projected on the entire legal system and that, somehow, “materialize” social life and the objective requirements of human dignity. Second, an innovative legal and institutional strength of the Constitution, with direct application of its rules. Third, a revitalization of juridical interpretation, which requires further rational coordinates. Finally, the emergence of new problems related with the legitimacy of the arguments of constitutional decisions. Within this context, it attempts to show the essential guidelines to support a proposal for a graduate academic education in Constitutional Law, highlighting the importance of organizing such proposal from the coordinates of practical reasoning and interpretation. In this sense, the text is part of the theoretical justification for a Master in Constitutional Law, vis a vis the legal and political situation in Colombia.; En este artículo de reflexión se exponen las transformaciones que ha sufrido el Derecho colombiano a causa del denominado “neoconstitucionalismo”...

International Law as a Source of Constitutional Law; El Derecho Internacional como fuente del Derecho Constitucional

Monroy Cabra, Marco Gerardo
Fonte: Universidade do Rosário Publicador: Universidade do Rosário
Tipo: Artigo de Revista Científica Formato: application/pdf
Publicado em 24/10/2008 SPA
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This article has the purpose to prove that the Customary International Law and the Conventional International Law are sources of Constitutional Law. First, it analyses the matter of the relations between International Law and National or Domestic law according with the theories dualism and monist and international decisions. Then, it studies the reception and the hierarchy of International Customary and Conventional Law to Domestic Law including Constitution. This matter has been studied according with several Constitutions and the international doctrine. Then, it considers the constitutional regulations about international law in the Constitution of the Republic of Colombia. The general conclusion is that International Law is incorporated in domestic law according with the Constitution of each country. But every state has the duty to carry out in good faith its obligations arising from treaties and other sources of International Law, and it may not invoke provisions in its Constitutions or its Laws as an excuse for failure to perform this duty. Accordingly, state practice and decided cases have established this provision, and the same rule is established in articles 27 and 46 of the Vienna Convention on Law of Treaties of 1969.; El presente trabajo trata de demostrar que el Derecho Internacional ha llegado a constituirse en fuente del Derecho Constitucional. Para este efecto...

Selection Effects in Constitutional Law

Vermeule, Cornelius Adrian
Fonte: Virginia Law Review Association Publicador: Virginia Law Review Association
Tipo: Artigo de Revista Científica
EN_US
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The standard consequentialist analysis of constitutional law focuses on the incentives that shape the behavior of government officials and other constitutional actors. Incentive-based accounts justify elections as a means of constraining officials to promote the public welfare, or at least the welfare of the median voter; justify the separation of powers as a means of making "ambition counteract ambition"; justify negative liberties, such as free speech and free association, as a necessary corrective to incumbent officials' incentives to suppress political opposition; and so forth. In this experimental Essay, I offer a preliminary sketch of a different way of looking at constitutional law generally and constitutional structure in particular: through the lens of "selection effects." Constitutional rules, on this account, should focus not only on the creation of optimal incentives for those who happen to occupy official posts at any given time, but also on the question which (potential) officials are selected to occupy those posts over time. Where an incentive analysis is short-term and static, asking only how legal rules affect the behavior of a given set of officeholders, selection analysis is long-term and dynamic, asking how legal rules themselves produce feedback effects that...

The Inevitable Globalization of Constitutional Law

Tushnet, Mark V.
Fonte: Virginia Journal of International Law Association Publicador: Virginia Journal of International Law Association
Tipo: Artigo de Revista Científica
EN_US
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This Essay examines the forces pushing the presently varying forms of domestic constitutional law toward each other, and the sources of and forms of resistance to that globalization (or convergence, or harmonization). After a brief introduction sketching claims for the existence of a "post-war paradigm" of domestic constitutional law and competing claims about national exceptionalism, the Essay sketches the "top down" pressures for convergence - judicial networks and actions by transnational institutions, including transnational courts, international financial institutions, and transnational NGOs. It then turns to "bottom up" pressures, from domestic interests supporting local investments by foreign investment and high-level human capital and from lawyers engaged in transnational practice. A discussion of counterpressures from the supply side follows. These counterpressures include resistance from local interests, including authoritarian or semi-authoritarian political elites, and subtle but perhaps deliberate misunderstandings that can arise when superficially similar legal arrangements take on distinctive local meanings. The Essay discusses whether the mechanisms it identifies lead to a race to the "top," to the "bottom," or to some more variegated location. It concludes with a brief treatment of how the globalization of domestic constitutional law can be accommodated to local notions of separation of powers.

Pluralism of legal orders: toward a new perspective of the relationship between international and constitutional law; Pluralidade das ordens jurídicas: uma nova perspectiva na relação entre o Direito Internacional e o Direito Constitucional

Ramos, André de Carvalho
Fonte: Universidade de São Paulo. Faculdade de Direito Publicador: Universidade de São Paulo. Faculdade de Direito
Tipo: info:eu-repo/semantics/article; info:eu-repo/semantics/publishedVersion; ; Formato: application/pdf
Publicado em 01/01/2012 POR
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This article aims to analyse the new phenomena of the legal pluralism treaties in Brazil, focusing on the convergence and divergence of the international law and the constitutional law. At the end, the article sustains the possibility of achieving harmony into the legal pluralism, due to a new perspective of the relationship between international and constitutional law.; O presente artigo visa analisar o novo fenômeno da pluralidade das ordens jurídicas, enfocando os aspectos de convergência e divergência entre o Direito Internacional e o Direito Nacional. Por fim, o artigo defende a possibilidade de harmonia entre as ordens jurídicas plurais, com base uma nova perspectiva na relação entre o direito internacional e o direito interno.

INDIVIDUAL RIGHTS AND THE REVIEW OF BRAZILIAN PRE-CONSTITUTIONAL LAW IN THE SCOPE OF CONCENTRATED CONSTITUTIONAL REVIEW; OS DIREITOS INDIVIDUAIS E A REVISÃO DO DIREITO PRÉ-CONSTITUCIONAL BRASILEIRO EM SEDE DE CONTROLE CONCENTRADO DE CONSTITUCIONALIDADE

Teles Pires, Teresinha Inês; UniCEUB
Fonte: UFPR Publicador: UFPR
Tipo: info:eu-repo/semantics/article; info:eu-repo/semantics/publishedVersion; Formato: application/pdf
Publicado em 09/08/2014 POR
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O presente artigo investiga a aplicação das modernas técnicas de exercício do controle concentrado de constitucionalidade no sistema brasileiro, no tocante às leis e atos normativos anteriores à Constituição em vigor. Será mostrado o percurso por meio do qual foi construída, perante o Supremo Tribunal Federal, a admissibilidade do controle de constitucionalidade do direito pré-constitucional, e como a modulação dos mecanismos de revisão judicial trouxe para a prática decisória uma notória e produtiva flexibilidade procedimental. A interpretação conforme a constituição, particularmente, aperfeiçoa-se enquanto um instrumento destinado à preservação das normas legais não totalmente inconstitucionais, além de possibilitar a necessária extirpação, do ordenamento jurídico, de hipóteses de aplicação das leis que se mostrem desconformes ao estatuto principiológico dos dispositivos da Constituição. Na mesma direção, o instituto da Arguição de Descumprimento de Preceito Fundamental tem se mostrado uma importante via para a defesa da supremacia da Constituição e da efetivação das liberdades individuais nela asseguradas.; This paper investigates the updated techniques regarding the exercising of the concentrated control of constitutionality in the Brazilian system...

The use of breathalysers under a constitutional perspective of the the Lei seca [Anti-DUI Law]; ; O uso do bafômetro sob uma perspectiva constitucional da Lei Seca

Alves, Marcos Felipe de Medeiros; Universidade Federal Fluminense (UFF)
Fonte: Revista de Direito dos Monitores da Universidade Federal Fluminense (Monitor's Law Review); Revista de Direito dos Monitores da Universidade Federal Fluminense Publicador: Revista de Direito dos Monitores da Universidade Federal Fluminense (Monitor's Law Review); Revista de Direito dos Monitores da Universidade Federal Fluminense
Tipo: info:eu-repo/semantics/article; info:eu-repo/semantics/publishedVersion; ; Formato: application/pdf
Publicado em 30/09/2012 POR
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The present essay has the objective to point out the compatibility of the innovations brought by the Law nº 11.705/2008 to the Brazilian Traffic Code and the process guarantees present in the Federal Constitution. Even tough there is a clear social relevance, mainly aiming at reducing the traffic accidents, it is reasonable to question until what point the measure preserves the constitutional guarantees of the drivers of vehicles stopped by Lei Seca [Anti-DUI Law] Blitzes, specially relating to the use of the breathalyser as method for measuring the BAC [Blood Alcohol Content] of the driver.; ; O presente trabalho tem por finalidade traçar apontamentos acerca da compatibilidade entre as inovações trazidas pela Lei nº 11.705/08 ao Código de Trânsito Brasileiro e as garantias processuais presentes na Constituição Federal. ainda que haja notória importância social, sobretudo no que tange à diminuição dos acidentes de trânsito, resta razoável delimitar em que medida tal política pública preserva as garantias constitucionais dos condutores de veículos parados pela blitzen da Lei Seca, especialmente em relação à utilização do etilômetro enquanto meio de aferição da alcoolemia do motorista.

The year of public law in 2010: When the constitutional court does not give the last word; O ano do direito público em 2010: Quando a corte constitucional não dá a última palavra

Baracho Fernandes, Eric Dore; Universidade Federal Fluminense (UFF); de Senna, Naiara Gomes Garanho; Universidade Federal Fluminense (UFF); Bacchi, Rodolpho Cézar Aquilino; Universidade Federal Fluminense (UFF); Ferreira, Siddharta Legale; Universidade F
Fonte: Revista de Direito dos Monitores da Universidade Federal Fluminense (Monitor's Law Review); Revista de Direito dos Monitores da Universidade Federal Fluminense Publicador: Revista de Direito dos Monitores da Universidade Federal Fluminense (Monitor's Law Review); Revista de Direito dos Monitores da Universidade Federal Fluminense
Tipo: info:eu-repo/semantics/article; info:eu-repo/semantics/publishedVersion; ; Formato: application/pdf
Publicado em 09/12/2010 POR
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1. General aspects. 2. ADC [Brazilian type of lawsuit]16. 3. Revision of thesis. 4. The constitutionality and "inconvencion" the Amnesty Law (Law 6.683/1979). 5. The condemnation of Brazil in the Inter-American Court: The case of the Araguaia Guerrilla. 6. Notes finals. 7. References and jurisprudential.; 1. Aspectos gerais. 2. ADC nº 16. 3. Revisão de tese. 4. A constitucionalidade e a “inconvencionalidade” da Lei de Anistia (Lei 6.683/1979). 5. A condenação do Brasil na Corte Interamericana: O caso da Guerrilha do Araguaia. 6. Apontamentos finais. 7. Referências bibliográficas e jurisprudenciais.

Hierarquização de direitos fundamentais: a doutrina da posição preferencial na jurisprudência da Suprema Corte Norte-americana; Is there a hierarchy between Fundamental Rights? The preferred position constitutional doctrine in the light of Supreme Court line of decision

Martel, Letícia de Campos Velho; PUC - Rio
Fonte: Fundação José Arthur Boiteux Publicador: Fundação José Arthur Boiteux
Tipo: info:eu-repo/semantics/article; info:eu-repo/semantics/publishedVersion; Formato: application/pdf
Publicado em 01/01/2004 POR
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Este ensaio examina a questão da hierarquização dos direitos fundamentais à luz da jurisprudência da Suprema Corte norte-americana. Para tal, explicita a  doutrina da posição preferencial, suas origens e seus rumos atuais, além de realizar um breve incurso na teoria do compelling interest, doutrina correlata àquela, sempre em atenção aos julgados da Corte Máxima estadunidense.; This essay has as main subject the Supreme Court preferred position constitutional law doctrine. In order to achieve this goal, it first explains the origins and actual questions concerning the preferred position doctrine, and after it operates a brief examination of the compelling interest doctrine, which is parallel to preferred position.

On the limits of constitutional liberalism: in search of a constitutional reflexivity

Dowdle, Michael W.; Wilkinson, Michael
Fonte: National University of Singapore, Faculty of Law Publicador: National University of Singapore, Faculty of Law
Tipo: Monograph; NonPeerReviewed Formato: application/pdf
Publicado em /11/2015 EN; EN
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Analyses of comparative constitutional law are frequently framed by a particular vision of constitutionalism that we call the 'structural-liberal' vision. This vision sees the purpose of constitutional as being one of limiting state power - its ‘liberal’ component - which is done through the construction of a particular set of institutional architectures - such as judicial constitutional review, judicial protection and enforcement of fundamental rights, separation of powers, rule of law, etc. - its 'structural component.' In this paper, we argue that such analyses are incomplete. The structural-liberal vision is but one of a number of ways of conceptualizing constitutionalism. It is the product of a particular time and place, and reflects the particular concerns and experiences of that time and place. Conversely, there are other kinds of important constitutional concerns and experiences that the structural liberal-vision renders invisible. These include processes of constitutional emergence and evolution, and symbiotic relationships between constitutionalism and other aspects of the regulatory environment (such as the economic structure of the state). In order to be complete, analyses of comparative constitutional law need to be more attentive to the distinctive concerns and experiences of the subjects of their attention. This involves allowing the subject system to speak for itself within the context of the larger...

Comparative constitutional law in the courts: reflections on the originalists’ objections

Murkens, Jo Eric Khushal
Fonte: Department of Law, London School of Economics and Political Science Publicador: Department of Law, London School of Economics and Political Science
Tipo: Monograph; NonPeerReviewed Formato: application/pdf
Publicado em /10/2008 EN; EN
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The controversy surrounding the judicial use of comparative constitutional law is not new. However, the debate has recently been reignited by a number of US Supreme Court justices who have spoken out on the use of non-US law in the Court. Scalia opposes, and Breyer favours, references to ‘foreign law’. Their comments, made both within and outside of the Court, have led to a reaction by scholars. Arguably the debate is US-specific as it resembles the different views regarding constitutional interpretation, namely whether the Constitution’s original, or rather its current, meaning is determinative. Yet the debate also raises broader issues of constitutional theory and politics: formal vs substantive legitimacy, globalisation of the courts, judicial sleight of hand, the cultural foundations of constitutional law, and the citation of non-primary sources of law in litigation. The present article explores these issues. It rejects radical approaches (either against or in favour of comparative constitutional law) and instead argues for a more modest process which both identifies the national specificity of law and grasps the mediating potential of law as a self-reflexive discourse.