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Constitutions Compared

An Introduction to Comparative Constitutional Law

Paperback Engels 2023 9789462364196
Nog niet verschenen, verwacht op 03‑08‑2023


The sixth edition of this widely utilized handbook provides a userfriendly and original and innovative introduction to comparative constitutional law. For each area of constitutional law, a general introduction and a comparative overview is provided, which is then followed by more detailed country chapters on that specific area. In this sixth edition, the author has expanded several chapters to provide for even more detail on national legal systems, providing examples from constitutional practice, and offering constitutional comparison. Naturally the book has been updated to include constitutional events until May 2021.

This book most notably includes many constitutional developments in the constitutional systems within our scope. Including the `Brexit’ and the new compositions of the national parliaments and the European Parliament. What also sets this book apart is that the EU has been woven into it, as a constitutional system per se and as an international organization which heavily impacts upon domestic constitutional law of its member-states.

This handbook is strong in building the relevant constitutional concepts and the constitutional structures, as well as illustrating them with examples and constitutional and political practice. It also provides readers in general and students of constitutional law with tools and basic questions to address constitutional issues and to evaluate the different constitutional models and features.

Constitutions Compared has proven its success as a helpful guide for students who are for the first time exploring comparative constitutional law, and for more advanced graduate-level courses it provides a solid foundation. It remains a thorough introduction which purports to give an overview, with many examples and applications in practice, with enough legal and practical details to be accessible and to the point, whilst at the same time providing the whole picture and highlighting general constitutional questions and perspectives.



Over Aalt Willem Heringa

Aalt Willem Heringa (1955) graduated from the Rijksuniversiteit Leiden in 1978, where he worked until 1987 as an assistant professor. He was a visiting researcher at the Centre of European Governmental Studies of the University of Edinburgh (1986) and at the European Research Center of the Harvard Law School (1996). In 1989 he completed his Ph.D. thesis 'Sociale Grondrechten' (Social Rights). He has been working at Maastricht University, the Faculty of Law, since 1987; he was appointed full professor of (comparative) constitutional and administrative law in 1995. He is author and editor of numerous books and articles on Dutch Constitutional law, the European Convention on Human Rights, the European Social Charter, comparative constitutional law, US constitutional law, Human Rights and legal education. He served for many years as a Member of the Netherlands Commission on Equal Treatment. He is one of the founding editors of the NJCM Bulletin; of EHRC (European Human Rights Cases); of JB and JB+; of the Maastricht Journal of European and comparative law (MJ); and of EVRM Rechtspraak & Commentaar . He served on the supervisory board of Hiil (the Hague Institute for the Internationalisation of the Law) and on the Supervisory Board of LVO. He is since 2010 a member/vice chair of the supervisory board of Orbis Medical Center, major care and cure organisation in the south of Limburg province. Since 2012 he also serves on the Conseil d’Administration of Paris University Dauphine. Since 2012 he is director of the Montesquieu Institute Maastricht and he is Head of the Public Law Department. In 2013 he worked as European Co-Dean of the China EU School of Law in Beijing.

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