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This book contains an outstanding set of essays on constitutional courts. In many nations constitutional justice can be identified as a central feature of contemporary constitutionalism. Moreover, viewed from a comparative global perspective it is clear that constitutional justice as well as providing a special kind of dispute resolution, also has been turned to as a means of safeguarding conditions of liberal democracy. What characteristics must such a court possess to undertake the tasks that confront them? These contributions by providing an analysis of features such as constitutional context, jurisdictional scope, organisational features and interpretative techniques to give a selective snapshot of the legal characteristics and the operation of constitutional courts across the world.
The chapters by a team of leading international scholars include a general introduction and then focus on: Austria, Central and Eastern Europe, France, Germany, Italy, Russia, Spain, Turkey, Egypt, Francophone Africa, South Africa, Latin America, East Asia, Indonesia and Thailand.
ABOUT THE EDITORS Andrew Harding is Director of the Centre for Asia-Pacific Initiatives and Chair of Asia-Pacific Relations at the University of Victoria, Canada. Peter Leyland is Professor of Public Law at London Metropolitan University. Both have published extensively in the field of comparative public law and they are joint editors of the series: 'Constitutional Systems of the World'.