Judicializing Everything?: The Clash of Constitutionalisms in Canada, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom

By Mark S. Harding

© 2021

Nearly every common law jurisdiction in the world has adopted a charter or bill of rights. Yet adopting a new rights document creates, rather than resolves, many fundamental constitutional questions. Should constitutional rights be relevant in private disputes? Does every political question need a constitutional or judicial answer? Should courts and legislatures equally participate in addressing the scope of what issues are to be considered constitutional?

Analyzing judicial decisions in Canada, the United Kingdom, and New Zealand, Judicializing Everything? shows how debates surrounding these questions persist on final courts of appeal around the Commonwealth, and that they are best understood as part of an ongoing clash between distinct forms of constitutionalism on and off the bench.

Judicializing Everything? canvasses the perennial debates within the field of constitutional studies and provides novel ways of understanding key disagreements between judges and scholars alike. Despite important formal differences between rights documents in Canada, New Zealand, and the UK, Mark S. Harding shows that there are considerable similarities in the kinds of cases, arguments, and legal outcomes in the three countries. As political life becomes increasingly constitutionalized and judicialized, this important book sheds light on the persistence of debates over bills of rights and their interpretation.

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  • World Rights
  • Page Count: 208 pages
  • Dimensions: 6.0in x 1.0in x 9.0in
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Judicializing Everything? focuses on judicial decision-making in parliamentary states that have recently adopted bills of rights.

Judicializing Everything?: The Clash of Constitutionalisms in Canada, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom

By Mark S. Harding

© 2021

Nearly every common law jurisdiction in the world has adopted a charter or bill of rights. Yet adopting a new rights document creates, rather than resolves, many fundamental constitutional questions. Should constitutional rights be relevant in private disputes? Does every political question need a constitutional or judicial answer? Should courts and legislatures equally participate in addressing the scope of what issues are to be considered constitutional?

Analyzing judicial decisions in Canada, the United Kingdom, and New Zealand, Judicializing Everything? shows how debates surrounding these questions persist on final courts of appeal around the Commonwealth, and that they are best understood as part of an ongoing clash between distinct forms of constitutionalism on and off the bench.

Judicializing Everything? canvasses the perennial debates within the field of constitutional studies and provides novel ways of understanding key disagreements between judges and scholars alike. Despite important formal differences between rights documents in Canada, New Zealand, and the UK, Mark S. Harding shows that there are considerable similarities in the kinds of cases, arguments, and legal outcomes in the three countries. As political life becomes increasingly constitutionalized and judicialized, this important book sheds light on the persistence of debates over bills of rights and their interpretation.

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Product Details

  • World Rights
  • Page Count: 208 pages
  • Dimensions: 6.0in x 1.0in x 9.0in
  • Author Information

    Mark S. Harding is an assistant professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Guelph.
  • Table of contents

    1. Introduction
    2. Constitutional Strength and Bills of Rights
    3. Constitutional Reach: Severe Limits or Constitutionalizing Everything?
    4. Constitutional Reach: The Private Sphere and The Clash Between Liberal and Post-Liberal Constitutionalisms
    5. Balancing Institutional Relations: The Common Law and Bills of Rights
    6. Strained Statutory Interpretation in New Zealand and The UK
    7. Strained Statutory Interpretation in Canada
    8. Conclusion
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