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Intercultural Constitutionalism: From Human Rights Colonialism to a New Constitutional Theory of Fundamental Rights (eBook)

ISBN13: 9780429685910
Published: October 2018
Publisher: Routledge
Country of Publication: UK
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This book argues that the effective protection of fundamental rights in a contemporary, multicultural society requires not only tolerance and respect for others, but also an ethics of reciprocity and a pursuit of dialogue between different cultures of human rights. Nowadays, all cultures tend to claim an equitable arrangement that can be articulated in the terms of fundamental rights and in the multicultural organization of the State. Starting from the premise that every culture is and always was intercultural, this book elaborates a new, and more fundamentally, pluralist view of the relationship between rights and cultural identity. No culture is pure; from the perspective of an irreducible cultural contamination, this book argues, it is possible to formulate constitutional idea of diversity that is properly intercultural. This concept of intercultural constitutionalism is not, then, based on abstract principles, but nor is it bound to any particular cultural norm. Rather, intercultural constitutionalism allows the interpretation of rights, rules and legal principles takes place with reference to concrete situations in which law is nevertheless autonomous.

Constitutional and Administrative Law, Human Rights and Civil Liberties, eBooks
Part I Fundamental Rights in the Light of their Evolution
Chapter 1 Fundamental Rights: Amidst "Nature" and "History" .
1.1 Introduction
1.2 The universal notion of Human rights in light of theological and moral basis .
1.3 The rational conception of "natural rights" via an empirical basis …
1.4 The socio-historical conception of rights and freedoms in contrast to "universal rights" .
1.5 The conception of freedom-based rights: from its declaration to its first constitutional enshrinement
1.6 The conception of freedom-based rights: between nationalism and rigid legal positivism
Part II Fundamental Rights and Constitutional Interpretation
Chapter 2 Principles and Fundamental Rights as the Foundation of Constitutional Legal Orders.
2.1 Supremacy of Constitutions and the prevalence of the fundamental principles they portray
2.2Fundamental Rights and limits to the power of constitutional review: a comparison of experiences
2.3 Subsequent elements to legal comparison
2.4 Stability and the foundation of constitutional legal orders
2.5 New trends and the weakening of constitutional principles: global constitutionalism and societal constitutionalism
Chapter 3 Fundamental Rights and the Interpretative Evolution of Constitutional Principles
3.1 Values, principles and interpretative canons
3.2 Evolutionary interpretation of the equality principle
3.3 Homo oeconomicus in a liquid society
3.4 The Islamic veil and rational fundamentalism
3.5 The application of the equality principle to foreigners
3.6The constitutional principle on the value of labour and participation as fundamental social rights extended to Italian and foreign workers
3.7 Towards a fundamental rights citizenship
3.8 From a universal rights rhetoric towards an inter-cultural European citizenship
Part III Fundamental Rights in the Field of Intercultural ResearchBetween General Theory and Comparative Legal Analysis
Chapter 4 Fundamental rights in between cultural relativism and comparative legal analysis
4.1 Pluralist principle and cultural relativism
4.2 Looking East
4.3 Looking to the African continent
4.4 Looking to Latin American countries
4.5 The dual nature of the dignity-rights relationship: some examples
Chapter 5 The Law and Constitutions as a Historical and Cultural Praxis
5.1 Towards an "impure" notion of the LawBeyond theoretical and methodological positivism
5.2 Meaning and functions of the notion of "cross-cultural constitutionalism".