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Stefan Theil: Constitutions as culture: Two insights from Peter Häberle’s “The rationale of constitutions from a cultural science viewpoint”

Constitutions are the cultural achievement of centuries of historical legal development, an expression of the cultural self-presentation of a people. For all their variety, constitutions seek to set the rules … Continue reading

April 7, 2015 · Leave a comment

Stefan Theil: Three insights from Peter Häberle’s “Preambles in the text and context of constitutions”

Preambles are a hallmark of constitutions, and questions regarding their inclusion and content are an important part of the drafting process: a clear majority of the 194 constitutions analysed by … Continue reading

March 25, 2015 · 3 Comments

Thomas Adams: Wade’s Factortame

William Wade’s analysis of the second Factortame case ((1996) 112 Law Quarterly Review 568) is well known, and justly so. The facts, too, require little in the way of rehearsal. … Continue reading

February 24, 2014 · 3 Comments

Stuart Lakin: The Sovereignty of Law: Freedom, Constitution and Common Law by Professor Trevor Allan: Some Preliminary Thoughts

 Most readers of this Blog will undoubtedly be familiar with the work of Professor TRS Allan.   It is difficult to think of anyone who has made a more significant contribution … Continue reading

February 4, 2014 · Leave a comment

Rogier Creemers: The Constitutionalism Debate in China

Over the past few months, a heated debate about the role of the Constitution in Chinese political life has emerged. This debate comes in the wake of the 18th Party … Continue reading

June 22, 2013 · 1 Comment

David Mead: “Don’t Think Of An Elephant”: How Conceptualising Is Able To Skew The Outcome In Human Rights Cases

In his 2004 book “Don’t think of an elephant” cognitive linguist George Lakoff offered his view on the recent US political landscape. I’m very grateful that Daithí Mac Síthigh made … Continue reading

February 26, 2013 · 1 Comment

Nick Barber: Does China Enjoy Greater Legitimacy Than Any Western State?

I was listening to the radio a little while ago, and heard Martin Jacques talking about China.  I listened with renewed concentration.  Jacques was formerly editor of Marxism Today, so … Continue reading

November 28, 2012 · 3 Comments
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