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Founding Moments in Constitutionalism

Edited by: Richard Albert, Menaka Guruswamy, Nishchal Basnyat

ISBN13: 9781509930975
Published: October 2019
Publisher: Hart Publishing
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Hardback
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Conventionally, founding moments are landmark events that break ties with the ancient regime and lay the foundation for the establishment of new constitutional order.

They are often depicted as occurring radically, and are best exemplified by revolution. Founding moments shape national law, influence surrounding countries, establish future power structures and reinforce political institutions established by the constitution.

This edited collection brings together leading scholars to consider how much we know about the idea of a founding moment. Divided into three main parts, the first part on ‘theory’ explores founding moments as a concept. In approaching the phenomenon in a theoretical way, this part establishes some basic ideas that can lead to a general understanding of what exactly founding moments are.

The second part focuses on ‘history’, the chapters take a distinctly historical approach to the idea of a founding moment, whether by closely reconsidering a founding moment in a regime or by engaging in a historical archival research. The third part, on ‘application’, looks at the founding moments of specific states. Many of these are cases which differ from the conventional model of founding moments.

Constitutional and Administrative Law
Introduction: Mapping the Founding - Richard Albert and Menaka Guruswamy
1. Between Fact and Norm: Narrative and the Constitutionalisation of Founding Moments - Ming-Sung Kuo
2. The Role of Courts in Advancing Constitutional Moments: Constitutionalising the Constitution in Singapore and Hong Kong - Swati Jhaveri
3. Foundation and Revolution: Hannah Arendt and the Problem of Legitimacy and Stability in Constitutional Consolidation - Mel A. Topf
4. I am Not Your (Founding) Father - Mikolaj Barczentewicz
5. 'And Then They Begin to Look after the History of Their Founders': (Re)configurations of the Founding in the Early Republic - Simon Gilhooley
6. Under the Shadow of the Constitutional Revolution? Revisiting Israel's Founding Moments - Yair Sagy
7. Path-Dependency in Soviet and Russian Constitution-Making - Eugene D. Mazo
8. 'Founding Moments' in Latin America? The Brazilian and Chilean Constitutional Histories and the Rise of the Forgotten People - Juliano Zaiden Benvindo
9. We the Taiwanese People: A Constitution with Two Antagonistic Constitutional Identities - Chien-Chih Lin
10. What's in a Founding? Founding Moments and Pakistan's 'Permanent Constitution' of 1973 - Maryam S. Khan
11. A Founding Moment in Iraq: A Gender Perspective - Noga Efrati
Conclusion: Rethinking Founding Moments - Nishchal Basnyat