17th January, 2022

Law is fast globalizing as a field, and many lawyers, judges and political leaders are engaged in a process of comparative “borrowing”. But this new form of legal globalization has darksides: it is not just a source of inspiration for those seeking to strengthen and improve democratic institutions and policies. It is increasingly an inspiration – and legitimation device – for those seeking to erode democracy by stealth, under the guise of a form of faux liberal democratic cover. Abusive Constitutional Borrowing: Legal Globalization and the Subversion of Liberal Democracy outlines this phenomenon, how it succeeds, and what we can do to prevent it. This book address current patterns of democratic retrenchment and explores its multiple variants and technologies, considering the role of legitimating ideologies that help support different modes of abusive constitutionalism.

AUTHORS: Rosalind Dixon, Professor of Law, University of New South Wales David Landau, Mason Ladd Professor, Florida State University College of Law

DISCUSSANT: Stephen Gardbaum, Stephen Yeazell Endowed Chair in Law, UCLA School of Law

CHAIR: Po Jen Yap, Professor of Law, HKU

This webinar is organized by the Centre for Comparative and Public Law, HKU and will be held via Zoom Meeting.