Constitutions can be viewed as the road map of liberal democracies. And like any road map, they need to be constantly reconsidered and redrawn as the territory develops and changes.
The contributors undertake this re-interpretation on a number of levels. They examine first the theoretical approaches to constitutional interpretation and then move on to implied rights. There then follows a consideration of the role of the judiciary and parliament in constitutional interpretation, drawing upon a number of examples from around the world.
Table of Contents
Charles Sampford and Kim Preston
Theoretical Approaches to Constitutional Interpretation
The interpretation of a constitution in a modern liberal democracy
Sir Anthony Mason
Paradigm shifts in judicial interpretation: reframing legal and constitutional reasoning
Constituting a nation: adjudication as constitutive rhetoric
Sandra S Berns
Democracy and Judicial Choice: The Implied Rights Debate
Constitutionally entrenched common law rights: sacrificing means to ends?
A return to Dicey? The philosophical foundations of the Australian High Court’s implied rights jurisprudence
Judicial invalidation of legislation and democratic principles
Judiciary and Parliament: Aligning Institutional Roles
The Australian High Court’s role in institutional maintenance and development
The Australian Parliament and High Court: determination of constitutional questions
Politically sensitive interpretation
Overruling constitutional interpretations
International dimensions of constitutional interpretation
Table of Cases
Table of Statutes