Comparing Constitutions and International Constitutional Law: A Primer

15 Pages Posted: 10 Nov 2009 Last revised: 19 Jul 2013

Axel Tschentscher

Bern University - Law School

Date Written: February 10, 2011

Abstract

While comparing constitutions belongs to the ubiquitous activities of constitutional lawyers and political scientists, the methodology of comparison is not very developed in constitutional law. No doubt, intercultural dialogue is required to handle rich substantive comparisons. But such dialogue is hindered by divergent constitutional traditions rendering it difficult to even find an entry point for comparisons. The text-oriented approach is suggested here as an entry method and the dialectical approach as the overall method of comparison.

Keywords: comparative law, constitutional law, methodology

JEL Classification: K1, K19

Suggested Citation

Tschentscher, Axel, Comparing Constitutions and International Constitutional Law: A Primer (February 10, 2011). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1502125 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1502125

Axel Tschentscher (Contact Author)

Bern University - Law School ( email )

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Bern, Bern 3012
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