The Globalization of the Canadian Constitution

Trudeau Foundation Papers, vol. 4 (2012) 88-112

26 Pages Posted: 12 Sep 2017

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Sujit Choudhry

Center for Global Constitutionalism, WZB Berlin Social Science Center

Date Written: 2012

Abstract

It has been argued that the constitution of a country is the embodiment of, or a response to, its particular history, political values, culture, and, indeed, its very identity. But in the last two decades, we have witnessed a dramatic resurgence in the study of comparative constitutional law. How should we understand the relationship between the widely held view that constitutions are the quintessential national documents and the increasing migration of constitutional ideas across the globe? In my Trudeau Lecture, I examine the importance of comparative engagement in the drafting of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, and the rise of the “Canadian model” for managing secessionist conflict in the 1990s. I also reflect on the way in which my immigrant identity—itself the product of globalization—has shaped my scholarship on the Canadian constitution.

Suggested Citation

Choudhry, Sujit, The Globalization of the Canadian Constitution (2012). Trudeau Foundation Papers, vol. 4 (2012) 88-112. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3025998

Sujit Choudhry (Contact Author)

Center for Global Constitutionalism, WZB Berlin Social Science Center ( email )

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