42 Pages Posted: 10 May 2009 Last revised: 27 Oct 2010
Date Written: May 8, 2009
The existence of unwritten constitutions, such as that of the UK, strikes some as puzzling. However the existence of unwritten constitutions turns out to be easier to explain than the existence of written constitutions, such as that of the US. In this paper I explore, and attempt to answer, some tricky conceptual questions thrown up by written constitutions.
Keywords: constitution, comparative, rule of recognition, H.L.A. Hart, amendment, delegation, interpretation
Suggested Citation: Suggested Citation
Gardner, John, Can There Be a Written Constitution? (May 8, 2009). Oxford Legal Studies Research Paper No. 17/2009. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1401244 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1401244