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Legal Tradition and Methodology in Comparative Constitutional Law

4 julio, 2016

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This week, we return to some of the themes discussed at the IACL roundtable held in Melbourne in May 2016 on The Invisible Constitution in Comparative Perspective. This first blog post is by David Landau (Mason Ladd Professor, Associate Dean for International Programs, Florida State University College of  Law).

I’d like to focus briefly on a paper given by Russ Miller (Washington & Lee) called “Constitutional Implications in Germany: The Civil Law Influence.” Russ’s thesis, in brief, is that the civilian tradition is itself a part of the “invisible constitution” of Germany, and that German constitutionalism cannot be understood without absorbing that influence. At the same time, Russ rejects the simplistic classifications (like civil vs. common law) at the core of much traditional work in comparative constitutional law. He argues, for example, that modern German constitutionalism is highly particular, at times acting as a hybrid of civil law and common law ideas. His argument is…

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