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Constitutional Transplants, Borrowing, and Migrations
Oxford Handbook of Comparative Constitutional Law, Eds. M. Rosenfeld & A. Sajo (2012)
  • Vlad Perju, Boston College Law School
Abstract
This paper, published in the Oxford Handbook on Comparative Constitutional Law (M. Rosenfeld & A. Sajo, eds., 2012), explores the borrowing and migration of constitutional ideas and institutions across jurisdictions. Despite the fact that comparative constitutional law is a form of comparative law, comparative constitutionalism has thus far largely ignored the rich debates in comparative law on the topic of legal transplants. I argue that those debates can illuminate our understanding of how constitutional doctrines and ideas travel. After noting the missing legacy of comparative legal thought in the constitutional realm, the paper studies the anatomy of constitutional transplants (object, timing, motivations and patterns) and provides a framework for their normative justifications. The paper concludes with remarks on constitutional convergence.
Keywords
  • constitutional law,
  • comparative law,
  • constitutional borrowing,
  • constitutionalism
Publication Date
2012
Citation Information
Vlad Perju. "Constitutional Transplants, Borrowing, and Migrations" in Oxford Handbook of Comparative Constitutional Law, Eds. M. Rosenfeld & A. Sajo, 1304-1327. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2012