- The Oxford Handbook of the Australian Constitution
- Table of Cases
- Table of Legislation
- List of Abbreviations
- List of Contributors
- First Peoples
- Rule of Law
- Common Law
- Unwritten Rules
- International Law
- Comparative Constitutional Law
- State Constitutions
- Australia in the International Order
- Authority of the High Court of Australia
- Judicial Reasoning
- Standards of Review in Constitutional Review of Legislation
- Techniques of Adjudication
- Separation of Legislative and Executive Power
- The Judicature
- The Separation of Judicial Power
- The Constitutionalization of Administrative Law
- Co-Operative Federalism
- The Passage Towards Economic Union in Australia’s Federation
- The Federal Principle
- Federal Jurisdiction
- Rights Protection in Australia
- Due Process
- Political Participation
Abstract and Keywords
This introductory chapter places the Australian Constitution in a comparative perspective. It does so both to throw light on Australian constitutional law and practice and to identify ways in which Australian constitutionalism contributes to the present store of global constitutional experience. The chapter then contrasts features of the Australian constitutional system that are broadly familiar in constitutional democracies elsewhere which exhibit characteristics of Australian constitutional law that are more distinctive. A reflection on the ways in which the Australian constitutional system currently is grappling with change or might need to do so in the foreseeable future is also provided. In addition, this chapter explains the seven broad concepts around which the chapters in this volume have been organized. Finally, the chapter briefly touches on aspects of the methodology by which this volume was brought together and expresses thanks to the people who have contributed to its publication.
Adrienne Stone holds a Chair at Melbourne Law School where she is also a Kathleen Fitzpatrick Australian Laureate Fellow, a Redmond Barry Distinguished Professor and Director of the Centre for Comparative Constitutional Studies.
Cheryl Saunders has specialist interests in Australian and comparative public law, including comparative constitutional law and method, intergovernmental relations and constitutional design and change. She is a President Emeritus of the International Association of Constitutional Law, a former President of the International Association of Centres for Federal Studies, a former President of the Administrative Review Council of Australia and a senior technical advisor to the Constitution Building program of International IDEA. She has held visiting positions in law schools in many parts of the world and is an officer of the Order of Australia and a Chevalier dans l'Ordre National de la Legion d'Honneur of France.
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