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The Constitution of Independence


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1: Introduction Part I: the Imperial Constitution 2: The Imperial Dominions 3: Parliamentary Sovereignty in the Empire and Commonwealth: Dicey's Dominions and Dogmas 4: Theories of Parliamentary Sovereignty after 1931: New and Revised Part II: Constitution to Independence 5: canada I: Confederation and the Imperial Theory 6: Canada II: An Independent Constitutional Theory 7: Canada III: The Patriation Reference 8: New Zealand: Waitangi, Westminster, and Wellington 9: Australia I: Colonies, Conventions, and Canberra 10: Australia II: Westminster to Canberra Part III: Constitutional Independence 11: Legal Continuity or Disguised Revolution? 12: Theoretical Approaches to Sovereignty and Legal System 13: Constitutional Continuity and Constitutional Independence 14: Conclusion

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Joint-Second Prize Winner of the Peter Birks Prize for Outstanding Legal Scholarship, 2006

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Peter Crawford Oliver is Senior Lecturer at the School of Law, King's College London.


Oliver has provided scholars..with a subtle, dense but always lucid account which adds a new historical, comparative, and conceptual sharpness. Edinburgh Law Review an excellent example of how history and legal theory can be mutually illuminating David Dyzenhaus, Public Law A work of formidable scholarship ... scholarly, rigorous and illuminating Andrew McDonald, Law and Politics Book Review A fascinating read. The Commonwealth Lawyer

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