Global Values in National Constitutions

Comparative Constitutional Law: Redefining the Field (Vicki Jackson & Madhav Khosla, eds., Oxford University Press, 2024) (Forthcoming)

18 Pages Posted: 2 Jan 2024

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Richard Albert

University of Texas at Austin - School of Law; University of Texas at Austin - Department of Government; Université Paris II - Panthéon-Assas; Universidad de Especialidades Espíritu Santo; Universidad Externado de Colombia - Facultad de Derecho; São Paulo Law School of Fundação Getulio Vargas FGV DIREITO SP; University of Toronto - Faculty of Law; University of Ottawa - Faculty of Law; Reichman University - Interdisciplinary Center (IDC) Herzliyah - Harry Radziner School of Law; Airlangga University; Yale University; Maharashtra National Law University Mumbai

Date Written: December 1, 2023

Abstract

In this chapter prepared for a book commemorating the scholarly career of Mark Tushnet, my point of departure is Tushnet's claim that the globalization of constitutional law is inevitable. I build on his provocative prediction by shining a light on the many creative constitutional design strategies deployed by countries around the world to integrate the global values of international law into their national constitutions. I begin by outlining Tushnet’s thesis that countries will ultimately build an informal world constitution by converging on their interpretation of national constitutional rights and structures. I then identify and illustrate three models of domestic constitutional design used to advance the project of global constitutionalism. Recognizing that world constitutionalism is multi-generational project that will succeed only if reformers seek to innovate along parallel tracks, I conclude with a question that doubles as a suggestion for advocates of global constitutionalism: in addition to deepening ongoing strategies toward world constitutionalism, why not also devote energies to building the legal, political, and intellectual infrastructure for an international constitutional court armed with global jurisdiction?

Keywords: International Law, Comparative Constitutional Law, International Human Rights, Constitutional Amendment, Constitutional Design, Constitution of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Constitution of Switzerland, Constitution of South Africa, Global Constitutional Law, Global Constitutionalism, Mark Tushnet

Suggested Citation

Albert, Richard, Global Values in National Constitutions (December 1, 2023). Comparative Constitutional Law: Redefining the Field (Vicki Jackson & Madhav Khosla, eds., Oxford University Press, 2024) (Forthcoming), Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=4650764 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.4650764

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