An Opportunity for Reflection – A Special Issue on “The Constitution of Canada: History, Evolution, Influence and Reform”

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Canada is and will for the foreseeable future be a peaceful and prosperous liberal democracy whose Constitution Act, 1867, now 150 years old as of 2017, has become a model for the modern world. The Constitution of Canada has exerted considerable influence on other countries, particularly since the coming into force of its Constitution Act, 1982, which included the celebrated Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. Just as Canada drew from foreign and international experiences in drafting its Charter, the world has learned a great deal from Canada, not only as to rights protections but also as to the separation of powers, the judicial function, and the structure of government.

In light of these impressive achievements, an international symposium on the Canadian Constitution was held in Pisa at the Scuola Sant’Anna under the auspices of the Sant’Anna Legal Studies project and with the support of the DIRPOLIS (Law, Politics and Development) Institute at the Scuola Sant’Anna, the Canadian Embassy in Italy, and the International Association of Constitutional Law. This special issue collects some of the papers presented on that occasion.

• Albert Richard and Cameron David R. (eds), 2017, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge.

• Choudhry Sujit (ed), 2009, The Migration of Constitutional Ideas, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge.

• Fossum John Erik, 2004, ‘Why Compare Canada and the European Union – and How?’, in Crowley Patrick M. (ed), Crossing the Atlantic: Comparing the European Union and Canada, Ashgate, London, 11-34.

• Fossum John Erik, Poirier Johanne and Magnette Paul (eds), 2009, The Ties that Bind: Accommodating Diversity in Canada and the European Union, Peter Lang, Brussels.

• Hirschl Ran, ‘Going Global? Canada As Importer and Exporter of Constitutional Thought’, in Albert Richard and Cameron David R. (eds), Canada In The World: Comparative Perspectives on The Canadian Constitution, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, 305-324.

• Kay Richard S., 2005, ‘Book Review Essay: Canada’s Constitutional Cul De Sac’, American Review of Canadian Studies, XXXV(4): 705-714.

• Law David S. & Versteeg Mila, 2012, ‘The Declining Influence of the United States Constitution’, New York University Law Review, LXXXVII(3): 762-858.

• Milne David, 2004, entry ‘Patriation of the Constitution - Canada, Constitutional, Quebec, Amendments, Consent, and Governments’, link

• Oliver Peter, Macklem Patrick and Des Rosiers Nathalie (eds), 2017, The Oxford Handbook of the Canadian Constitution, Oxford University Press, Oxford.

• Russell Peter H., 1992, Constitutional Odyssey: Can Canadians Become a Sovereign People?, University of Toronto Press, Toronto.

• Russell Peter H., 2017, Canada’s Odyssey: A Country Based on Incomplete Conquests, University of Toronto Press, Toronto.

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