Tuesday, February 07, 2012

Has Canada Become The New Constitutional Law Superpower?

A New York Times article entitled ‘We the People’ Loses Appeal With People Around the World outlines the diminishing international infuence of the United States Constitution.

The article in yesterday's edition points to an article in the New York University Law Review that shows that the U.S. Constitution is no longer seen as a model for constitutional drafters elsewhere, as once was the case.

Who has become more influential as a source of inspiration? According to former Israeli Supreme Court president Aharon Barak, cited by the New York Times, Canada:

" 'Canadian law,' he wrote, 'serves as a source of inspiration for many countries around the world.' The new study [in the New York University Law Review] also suggests that the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, adopted in 1982, may now be more influential than its American counterpart. "

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posted by Michel-Adrien at 12:53 pm


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