The UCL Institute for Human Rights
The New Commonwealth Model of Constitutionalism: Theory and Practice
Tuesday 4th June 2013
UCL Faculty of Laws, Moot Court room
18:00 - 19:30
Professor Stephen Gardbaum
(MacArthur Foundation Professor of International Justice and Human Rights, UCLA)
Dr Jeff King
About this event:
Stephen Gardbaum will present an adapted and abridged version of Part I (‘Theory’) of his book 'The New Commonwealth Model of Constitutionalism: Theory and Practice', which was recently published by Cambridge University Press. The book argues that recent bills of rights in Canada, New Zealand, the United Kingdom and Australia are an experiment in a new third way of organizing basic institutional arrangements in a democracy. This ‘new Commonwealth model of constitutionalism’ promises both an alternative to the conventional dichotomy of legislative versus judicial supremacy and innovative techniques for protecting rights. As such, it is an intriguing and important development in constitutional design of relevance to drafters of bills of rights everywhere. Part I develops the theory of the new model by (1) analyzing its novelty, (2) presenting the general case for it and (3) articulating an ‘internal’ normative account of how a well-functioning version should operate.
About the Speaker:
Stephen Gardbaum is the MacArthur Foundation Professor of International Justice and Human Rights at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) School of Law, and a 2012-13 Fellow at the Straus Institute for the Advanced Study of Law & Justice at NYU School of Law. His research focuses on comparative constitutional law, constitutional theory and federalism.
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