Comparative Law: Comparative Constitutionalism

Quick Info
(3040Q.03)  Seminar
Instructor(s)
Professor R. Akande
Winter
3 credit(s)  2 hour(s);
Presentation
Seminar, discussion
Upper Year Research & Writing Requirement
Yes
Praxicum
No

The seminar will initiate students into what comparative constitutional law as a field of study looks like; explore methodologies for comparison; identify constitutional borrowings, transplants and migrations; consider critical perspectives; examine relationships between constitutionalism and democracy; compare defining structures such as separation of powers and federalism across jurisdictions; study specific constitutional rights across jurisdictions with reference to their formal status at law, judicial definitions and the scope of government regulation; consider the structure and functions of constitutional courts, modes of judicial interpretation and the legitimacy of the function of judicial review; and track contemporary or emerging trends in the field. The seminar will survey a variety of jurisdictions including those of Canada, the United States, Somalia, and India.