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Webinar #4: Global Public Law Virtual Book Seminar Series 2021

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Co-editor and speaker: Prof. Dr. Phillipp Dann, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

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Featured books:

  • Philipp Dann, Michael Riegner and Maxim Bönnemann (eds), The Global South and Comparative Constitutional Law (Oxford UP, 2020)
  • Philipp Dann and Arun K. Thiruvengadam (eds), Democratic Constitutionalism in India and the European Union: Comparing the Law of Democracy in Continental Polities (Edward Elgar, 2021)

Co-editor and speaker: Prof. Dr. Philipp Dann, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

Commentators:

  • Professor Melissa Crouch, UNSW
  • Professor Theunis Roux, UNSW

Chair: Siddharth Narrain, UNSW

About the books:

  • The Global South and Comparative Constitutional Law (Oxford UP, 2020)

This volume makes a timely intervention into a field which is marked by a shift from unipolar to multipolar order and a pluralization of constitutional law. It addresses the theoretical and epistemic foundations of Southern constitutionalism and discusses its distinctive themes, such as transformative constitutionalism, inequality, access to justice, and authoritarian legality. This title has three goals. First, to pluralize the conversation around constitutional law. While most scholarship focuses on liberal forms of Western constitutions, this book attempts to take comparative law's promise to cover all major legal systems of the world seriously; second, to reflect critically on the epistemic framework and the distribution of epistemic powers in the scholarly community of comparative constitutional law; third, to reflect on - and where necessary, test - the notion of the Global South in comparative constitutional law. This book breaks down the theories, themes, and global picture of comparative constitutionalism in the Global South. What emerges is a rich tapestry of constitutional experiences that pluralizes comparative constitutional law as both a discipline and a field of knowledge.

  • Democratic Constitutionalism in India and the European Union: Comparing the Law of Democracy in Continental Polities (Edward Elgar, 2021)

Comparing the structures and challenges of democratic constitutionalism in India and the European Union, this book explores how democracy is possible within vastly diverse societies of continental scale, and why a constitutional framework is best able to secure the ideals of collective autonomy and individual dignity. It contributes to an emerging comparative discussion on structures of power, separation of powers and a comparative law of democracy, which has long been neglected in comparative constitutional studies.

This timely and invigorating book showcases a novel comparative approach termed ‘slow comparison’, counters the conceptual focus on nation-states in comparative studies and develops a broader understanding of democratic constitutionalism. In the context of the contemporary crisis of constitutional democracy, triggered by populism, majoritarianism and authoritarianism, chapters continue older ongoing debates about multiculturalism, identity politics and democratic equality that hold important insights for both India and the EU to deal with contemporary challenges.

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