Introduction: Courts in Federal Countries

Courts in Federal Countries: Federalists or Unitarists? (University of Toronto Press, 2017)

30 Pages Posted: 17 May 2017

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Nicholas Aroney

University of Queensland - TC Beirne School of Law

John Kincaid

Lafayette College

Date Written: May 15, 2017

Abstract

Courts are key players in the dynamics of federal countries since their rulings have a direct impact on the ability of governments to centralize and decentralize power. Courts in Federal Countries examines the role high courts play in thirteen countries, including Australia, Brazil, Canada, Germany, India, Nigeria, Spain, and the United States.

The volume’s contributors analyse the centralizing or decentralizing forces at play following a court’s ruling on issues such as individual rights, economic affairs, social issues, and other matters. The thirteen substantive chapters have been written to facilitate comparability between the countries. Each chapter outlines a country’s federal system, explains the constitutional and institutional status of the court system, and discusses the high court’s jurisprudence in light of these features. Courts in Federal Countries offers insightful explanations of judicial behaviour in the world’s leading federations.

This publication is the result of the Forum of Federations program, Courts in Federal Countries, which was funded with the generous financial support of the Government of Quebec.

Keywords: courts, federalism, centralization, decentralization

Suggested Citation

Aroney, Nicholas and Kincaid, John, Introduction: Courts in Federal Countries (May 15, 2017). Courts in Federal Countries: Federalists or Unitarists? (University of Toronto Press, 2017). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2968726

Nicholas Aroney (Contact Author)

University of Queensland - TC Beirne School of Law ( email )

Brisbane 4072, Queensland
Australia
+61-(0)7-3365 3053 (Phone)

HOME PAGE: http://www.law.uq.edu.au/dr-nicholas-aroney

John Kincaid

Lafayette College ( email )

Easton, PA 18042
United States

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