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Founding Moments in Constitutionalism


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This edited collection brings together leading scholars to consider how much we know about the idea of a founding moment, when they occur and what forms they might take.

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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? Th e 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

About the Author

Richard Albert is the William Stamps Farish Professor in Law and Professor of Government at The University of Texas at Austin. Menaka Guruswamy is a Senior Advocate at the Supreme Court of India and was the BR Ambedkar Research Scholar and Lecturer in Law at Columbia Law School from 2017 to 2019. Nishchal Basnyat is a graduate of Harvard College and Yale Law School. He was also the Lt Charles Fiske III Scholar at Trinity College, Cambridge University.

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