July 27, 2015

Comparative Constitutional Law and Global Values

Now available:

An Inquiry Into the Existence of Global Values :Through the Lens of Comparative Constitutional Law (Dennis Davis, Alan Richter, and Cheryl Saunders, Hart Publishing, 2015). Here is a description of the contents from the publisher's website.

The world appears to be globalising economically, technologically and even, to a halting extent, politically. This process of globalisation raises the possibility of an international legal framework, a possibility which has gained pressing relevance in the wake of the recent global economic crisis. But for any international legal framework to exist, normative agreement between countries, with very differing political, economic, cultural and legal traditions, becomes necessary.
This work explores the possibility of such a normative agreement through the prism of national constitutional norms. Since 1945, more than a hundred countries have adopted constitutional texts which incorporate, at least in part, a Bill of Rights. These texts reveal significant similarities, which are examined in this book. From these national studies the work analyses the rise of constitutionalism since WWII, and charts the possibility of a consensus of values which might plausibly underpin an effective and legitimate international legal order.

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