The Canadian Charter as a Model for Israel's Basic Laws
Constitutional Forum, Vol. 4, No. 85, 1993
3 Pages Posted: 14 Jul 2008
Date Written: January 1, 1993
Although there are vast contrasts in the constitutional arrangements, history, economic substructure, demographics, security and political cultures of Canada and Israel, these countries share a common approach to rights protection. Israel has continually looked to Canada's Charter experience to inform its own stance.
To understand this phenomenon one must look beyond the contrasts: the appeal lies at a deeper, more abstract level. The attraction is the Canadian Charter's membership in the post-World War Two family of rights protecting instruments. By capturing a coherent national statement of constitutional priorities based on these instruments, and in particular a network of institutionally sound roles, the Canadian Charter offers a more attractive system of rights protection than, for example, its American counterpart.
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