–Eszter Bodnár, ELTE Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest
I-CONnect readers may be interested in a special issue of the peer-reviewed ELTE Law Journal, entitled “What Can Central and Eastern Europe Learn from the Development of Canada’s Constitutional System?”, guest edited by Eszter Bodnár and Zoltán Pozsár-Szentmiklósy, members of the International Society of Public Law (ICON-S).
On the occasion of the 150th anniversary of Confederation in Canada, the ELTE Faculty of Law, with the kind support of the Embassy of Canada in Hungary, held an international symposium on 28 June 2017, convening a group of scholars to reflect on the history and evolution of the Constitution of Canada, on its written and unwritten dimensions, and on its influence abroad.
One of the most important conclusions of the Symposium was that the main “export products” of Canada–such as diversity, openness and transparency–are precisely the values which the domestic market for constitutional ideas is in need of in Central and Eastern Europe. As we speak a common language, the discussion can and should be continued.
This special issue includes some of the papers presented at the symposium, including contributions from the two keynote speakers, Jeremy Webber (University of Victoria) and Richard Albert (University of Texas).
The entire issue is available here for download. We hope readers will enjoy this special issue.