Book Launch-The Global South and Comparative Constitutional Law

Philipp Dann, Michael Riegner and Maxim Bönnemann (Editors)

This volume makes a timely intervention into a field marked by a shift from unipolar to multipolar order and a pluralization of constitutional law. It addresses the theoretical and epistemic foundations of Southern constitutionalism and discusses its distinctive themes, such as transformative constitutionalism, inequality, access to justice, and authoritarian legality.


The book has three goals.

First, to pluralize the conversation around constitutional law. While most scholarship focuses on liberal forms of Western constitutions, this book attempts to take comparative law's promise to cover all major legal systems of the world seriously,

Second, to reflect critically on the epistemic framework and the distribution of epistemic powers in the scholarly community of comparative constitutional law,

Third, to reflect on-and where necessary, test-the notion of the Global South in comparative constitutional law.


The book is published by Oxford University Press. Order online


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  • Prof David Bilchitz
    • University of Johannesburg and University of Reading
  • Dr Aparna Chandra
    • National law School of India
  • Dr Jackie Dugard
    • University of Witwatersrand

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