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Comparative Matters: The Renaissance of Comparative Constitutional Law
49:3 Law & Society Review 797-801
  • Benjamin Berger, Osgoode Hall Law School of York University
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Publication Date
7-29-2015
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Abstract
As the epigraph to one chapter in his impressive volume, Comparative Matters: The Renaissance of Comparative Constitutional Law, Ran Hirschl offers the following exchange between the archaeologist Howard Carter and his patron, Lord Carnarvon, on Carter's entry into Tutankhamun's tomb: “Can you see anything?” “Yes, wonderful things!” The epigraph might aptly frame the volume as a whole. Hirschl's ambition is to seize a pivotal moment in the development of comparative constitutional scholarship and to help those engaged in the field to see more and better. There is a tone of excitement and affection in the pages, born of the recent and rapid global spread of constitutionalism and judicial review, which has been accompanied by a marked growth in scholarly—and juridical—interest in comparative constitutional study. Hirschl sees the scholarly possibilities attendant on such a moment and regards the comparative constitutional enterprise as poised to enrich our understanding of modern constitutional life.
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Benjamin Berger. "Comparative Matters: The Renaissance of Comparative Constitutional Law" 49:3 Law & Society Review 797-801 (2015)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/benjamin_berger/148/