The Languages of Constitutional Dialogue

14 Pages Posted: 12 Sep 2007

Date Written: January 23, 2007


The 2007 Bora Laskin Annual Lecture at Osgoode Hall Law School analyzes law and policy as different languages in which the judicial and political branches of government speak and think - the languages of law and policy. It asks what the languages should be in which constitutional dialogue is conducted and, in particular, whether judges should always be required to be legally trained.

Keywords: Constitutions, Comparative Constitutions, Constitutional Dialogue, Law and Policy

JEL Classification: H11

Suggested Citation

Palmer, Matthew S.R., The Languages of Constitutional Dialogue (January 23, 2007). Available at SSRN: or

Matthew S.R. Palmer (Contact Author)

High Court of New Zealand ( email )

Auckland, CX10222
New Zealand

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