The Global Model of Constitutional Rights

Paperback | February 19, 2015

byKai Moller

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Since the end of the Second World War and the subsequent success of constitutional judicial review, one particular model of constitutional rights has had remarkable success, first in Europe and now globally. This global model of constitutional rights is characterized by an extremely broadapproach to the scope of rights (sometimes referred to as "rights inflation"), the acceptance of horizontal effect of rights, positive obligations, and increasingly also socio-economic rights, and the use of the doctrines of balancing and proportionality to determine the permissible limitations ofrights. Drawing on analyses of a broad range of cases from the UK, the European Court of Human Rights, Germany, Canada, the US, and South Africa, this book provides the first substantive moral, reconstructive theory of the global model. It shows that it is based on a coherent conception of constitutionalrights which connects to attractive accounts of judicial review, democracy and the separation of powers. The first part of the book develops a theory of the scope of rights under the global model. It defends the idea of a general right to personal autonomy; a right to everything which, according to the agent's self-conception, is in his or her interest. The function of this right is to acknowledge thatevery act by a public authority which places a burden on a person's autonomy requires justification. The book concludes by demonstrating a theory of the structure of this justification which offers original and useful accounts of the important doctrines of balancing and proportionality.

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Since the end of the Second World War and the subsequent success of constitutional judicial review, one particular model of constitutional rights has had remarkable success, first in Europe and now globally. This global model of constitutional rights is characterized by an extremely broadapproach to the scope of rights (sometimes refer...

Kai Moller is a Lecturer in Law at the London School of Economics and Political Science. His previous positions include a Junior Research Fellowship and a Lectureship in Jurisprudence at Lincoln College, Oxford.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:240 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.5 inPublished:February 19, 2015Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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1. The Global Model of Constitutional RightsPart I: The Scope of Rights2. Negative and Positive Freedom3. Two Conceptions of Autonomy4. The Right to AutonomyPart II: The Structure of Justification5. Towards a Theory of Balancing and Proportionality: The Point and Purpose of Judicial Review6. Balancing7. Proportionality8. ConclusionBibliography

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"By the end of the book, one cannot but admire the wide spread of Moller's net and the fine weaving that integrates the whole of constitutional rights, reasoning, and politics. The project comes out as integrative, monistic, and foundationalist simultaneously." --Pritam Baruah, Modern Law Review 08/07/2014