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This course will examine from a comparative perspective the legal structures and concepts typically found in constitutions, including constitution-amending & constitution-making; constitutional interpretation and judicial review; the distinction between legislative and executive authority; federalism and subsidiarity; rights controversies (e.g. free speech); the relationship between the domestic constitution and international law. Throughout our study of specific topics, it will consider questions such as: What separates "constitutional" law from other domestic law? What is the role, if any, of comparative constitutional law in domestic constitutional law adjudication? How does our study of comparative constitutional law adapt to a global society? A wide range of constitutional systems will be engaged with in relation to specific themes including: the UK; Australia; Canada; EU & ECHR; Finland; France; Germany; Hungary; India; Japan; New Zealand; Poland; South Africa; Spain; Sweden; United States

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