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Constitutionalism—The Backbone of Objective Law

Tara Smith

Presented at: OOC 2014

Date: May 14, 2014

This lecture explores the meaning and value of legal constitutionalism by situating it in the context of other fundamental legal ideals. Thus we will consider: What, in essence, is the Rule of Law? What is required to have objective law? And what role does a constitution properly play if a society is to enjoy these?

Our answer will elaborate on the core of what a proper constitution is and does. We will also comment on the historical evolution of the idea of constitutions and on the status of that idea today: What are the threats greatestintellectual as well as more political practicallyto proper constitutional governance?

A version of this talk was also delivered at OCON 2015


Parts: 1