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Matinées Constitutionnelles: Quatre questions à propos des principes constitutionnels non-écrits


1 Fév 2013 11:00
Pavillon Chancellor-Day : Stephen Scott Seminar Room (OCDH), 3644, rue Peel Montréal Québec Canada , H3A 1W9

Le Centre de recherche en droit public (CRDP) vous invite à la seconde séance de son cycle de conférences Les matinées constitutionnelles 2012-2013, qui sera présentée par le professeur Han-Ru Zhou, Faculté de droit, Université de Montréal.

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Résumé (en anglais seulement)

It is often said that most legal systems have a “partly written, partly unwritten” constitution. The written part typically refers to the “Constitution”, a foundational document (or set of documents) sitting at the apex of a country's hierarchy of legal norms. However, these constitutional documents are often considered as incomplete in the sense that their Framers did not and could not conceivably foresee all the situations for which each section may apply, nor how it should apply.

Moreover, the Framers themselves probably intended to address only a limited number of matters. It follows that (the interpretation of) these constitutional documents would need to be complemented with law that many judges and legal scholars characterise as “unwritten”.

This presentation will discuss four interrelated questions concerning the notion of unwritten constitutional principles. Firstly, what are unwritten constitutional principles? Secondly, do they exist? Thirdly, how can (or how do) they operate? And fourthly, how should they operate?

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