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The Constitution of Law
Legality in a Time of Emergency

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  • Date Published: October 2006
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521677950

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  • Dyzenhaus deals with the urgent question of how governments should respond to emergencies and terrorism by exploring the idea that there is an unwritten constitution of law, exemplified in the common law constitution of Commonwealth countries. He looks mainly to cases decided in the United Kingdom, Australia and Canada to demonstrate that even in the absence of an entrenched bill of rights, the law provides a moral resource that can inform a rule-of-law project capable of responding to situations which place legal and political order under great stress. Those cases are discussed against a backdrop of recent writing and judicial decisions in the United States of America in order to show that the issues are not confined to the Commonwealth. The author argues that the rule-of-law project is one in which judges play an important role, but which also requires the participation of the legislature and the executive.

    • Deals with fundamental questions in legal and political philosophy in a clear and interesting way
    • Topical - deals with problems relating to the rule of law after 11 September 2001
    • Takes a practical approach, by basing the discussion on the analysis of actual cases
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    Reviews & endorsements

    'This contribution to the burgeoning debate about emergency powers in post-9/11 liberal democracies...The book presents a rich and complex argument that proceeds at a number of levels...the book will be of interest to political philosophers and historians of political thought as well as to legal scholars."
    --Jeremy Rayner, University of Regina, Canadian Journal of Political Science

    "...With The Constitution of Law, Dyzenhaus joins the ranks of the "middle ground" scholars who claim a strong and vibrant role for the judiciary that is legitimate...Readers can and should engage, at many levels, with complexity of his thought in this important book."
    --Jamie Cameron, Canadian Journal of Law and Jurisprudence [Vol. XXI, No. 2, July 2008]

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    Product details

    • Date Published: October 2006
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521677950
    • length: 268 pages
    • dimensions: 217 x 151 x 16 mm
    • weight: 0.42kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Legality in a time of emergency
    2. Constituting the legislature
    3. Taking the administrative state seriously
    4. The unity of public law

  • Author

    David Dyzenhaus, University of Toronto
    Professor of Law and Philosophy at the University of Toronto.

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