Introduction: The 'What' and 'Why' of Constitutional Dialogue

33 Pages Posted: 13 Dec 2019

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Geoff Sigalet

Stanford Law School; McGill Research Group on Constitutional Studies

Grégoire Webber

Queen's University - Faculty of Law; London School of Economics - Law Department

Rosalind Dixon

University of New South Wales (UNSW) - Faculty of Law

Date Written: November 24, 2019

Abstract

The metaphor of 'dialogue' has been put to different descriptive and evaluative uses by constitutional and political theorists studying interactions between institutions concerning rights. It has also featured prominently in the opinions of courts and the rhetoric and deliberations of legislators. Constitutional Dialogue: Rights, Democracy, Institutions (Cambridge University Press, 2019) brings together many of the world's leading constitutional and political theorists to debate the nature and merits of constitutional dialogues between the judicial, legislative, and executive branches. The volume explores dialogue's democratic significance, examines its relevance to the functioning and design of constitutional institutions, and covers constitutional dialogues from an international and transnational perspective. This paper is reprinted from the volume's introductory chapter, which provides a review of the metaphor of dialogue across jurisdictions, and introduces the arguments of the contributing authors.

Suggested Citation

sigalet, Geoffrey and Webber, Grégoire and Dixon, Rosalind, Introduction: The 'What' and 'Why' of Constitutional Dialogue (November 24, 2019). LSE Legal Studies Working Paper No. 21/2019. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3492658 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3492658

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Rosalind Dixon

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