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Oxford Comparative Constitutionalism

Comparative constitutional law has a long and distinguished history—not only as an academic legal subject but also as a discipline within political science. In most universities, it is researched and taught in three faculties: law, political science, and international relations; and within each of these three disciplines it has been experiencing a renaissance.

There are two main sources for this intellectual revival: first, many newly emergent states have sought to create a constitutional order that takes into account the experiences of other, more established constitutional orders; second, and more important still, the process of globalization has brought all constitutions closer to each other. The world has become a more interconnected, “smaller” place in which constitutional courts have come to refer to decisions by other constitutional courts and the process of European (international and regional) integration has further intensified these horizontal relations.

Oxford Comparative Constitutionalism publishes public law scholarship of the highest calibre by scholars of all academic ranks. The series is, above all, comparative in nature: we aim to publish outstanding monographs (and on exceptional occasions edited collections) that enrich our comparative understanding of constitutional doctrine, norms, practices, or systems. The series’ comparative focus on the study of constitutionalism does not foreclose single-jurisdiction studies. The series, importantly, takes a broad view of what is constitutional:  instead of the classic focus on the nation state, we consciously wish to integrate local, national, regional, and global phenomena into its scope. We aspire to feature the very best doctrinal, historical, sociological, and theoretical inquiries within this domain of comparative constitutionalism.

This Series welcomes complete proposals as well as preliminary inquiries. A proposal should include a working title, a narrative exposition of the ideas to be developed, a detailed table of contents, a chapter-by-chapter description of the ground you will cover, and a discussion of the competing and related scholarship. A proposal should also include an anticipated manuscript delivery date, an estimated word count, and an indication of the percentage of the book that will have been published elsewhere, for instance in a legal periodical. Ultimately, a proposal should situate your claim(s) within the existing literature and explain the scholarly contribution you will make in your book. A curriculum vitae and two draft chapters from your proposed book will also assist in the consideration of your proposal. For any formal or informal inquiries please contact the series editors by email at richard.albert@law.utexas.edu and robert.schuetze@durham.ac.uk or OUP commissioning editor Alex Flach at alex.flach@oup.com

Series Editors
Richard Albert (Texas) and Robert Schütze (Durham)

Advisory Board
Denis Baranger (Paris II)
Wen-Chen Chang (NTU)
Roberto Gargarella (Torcuato di Tella)
Vicki Jackson (Harvard)
Christoph Möllers (Humboldt)
Cheryl Saunders (Melbourne)

Richard Albert is Professor of Law at the University of Texas at Austin. A specialist in the study of constitutional amendment, his publications have been translated into Chinese, Hungarian, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish. He is currently completing a monograph on constitutional amendment to be published by Oxford University Press. His edited volumes include The Foundations and Traditions of Constitutional Amendment; Canada in the World: Comparative Perspectives on the Canadian Constitution; and The Oxford Handbook of Caribbean Constitutions. Since 2014, he has been Book Reviews Editor for the American Journal of Comparative Law, which awarded him the Hessel Yntema Prize for “the most outstanding article” on comparative law by a scholar under 40. He is a Senior Fellow at the Clough Center for the Study of Constitutional Democracy, and founding co-editor of I-CONnect, the scholarly research blog of the International Journal of Constitutional Law. He has held visiting professorships at Yale University, the University of Toronto, Externado University of Colombia, and the Interdisciplinary Center in Herzliya. A former law clerk to the Chief Justice of Canada, Richard Albert holds degrees from Yale, Oxford, and Harvard.

Robert Schütze is Professor of Law and Co-Director of the Global Policy Institute at Durham University and a permanent Visiting Professor at the College of Europe (Bruges) and at LUISS Guido Carli University (Rome). Schütze is a constitutional scholar with a special expertise in the law of the European Union and comparative federalism. He is the author of three monographs and a standard textbook on European Union law; and he has edited seven books or special issues on a range of constitutional subjects. His most recent publications include The United Kingdom and the Federal Idea; Globalization and Governance: International Problems, European Solutions; and the Cambridge Companion to Comparative Constitutional Law. He is currently preparing the Oxford Handbook of Federalism as well as a monograph on federalism as a modern constitutional principle. Schütze’s work has been translated into a number of languages. In the past, he has been a fellow of the British Institute of International and Comparative Law (London), the Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law (Heidelberg), and a Fulbright-Schuman Scholar at Harvard University. Between 2013 and 2017, he was the principal investigator of the ‘Neo-Federalism’ Project, funded by the European Research Council.