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The Legal Framework of the Constitution

“The Legal Framework of the Constitution” in Colin James (ed) Building the Constitution (Institute of Policy Studies Victoria University of Wellington, Wellington, 2000) 182-190.

5 Pages Posted: 3 Dec 2015  

Sir Geoffrey Palmer QC

Victoria University of Wellington - Faculty of Law

Date Written: 2000

Abstract

This article appears in a book that resulted from a “Building the Constitution” conference held in Wellington New Zealand in 2000. It was designed to stimulate debate on whether New Zealand needed changes to its constitutional arrangements. This article canvasses what is meant by the term “Constitution”, and the fundamental elements required: the Sovereign, the Executive, Parliament and the Courts. The article briefly canvasses New Zealand constitutional history and poses a lengthy series of issues that have to be answered before substantial change could be undertaken.

Keywords: Constitutional Law, Law reform, Public Law, Constitution, Unwritten Constitution, Separation of Powers

JEL Classification: K00, K19

Suggested Citation

Palmer QC, Sir Geoffrey, The Legal Framework of the Constitution (2000). “The Legal Framework of the Constitution” in Colin James (ed) Building the Constitution (Institute of Policy Studies Victoria University of Wellington, Wellington, 2000) 182-190. . Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2696687

Sir Geoffrey Palmer QC (Contact Author)

Victoria University of Wellington - Faculty of Law ( email )

PO Box 600
Wellington, 6140
New Zealand

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