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New Scholarship Review: Interview with Vanessa MacDonnell

Richard Albert, Boston College Law School

In this installment of I-CONnect’s interview series, I speak with Vanessa MacDonnell about her forthcoming paper on The Constitution as Framework for Governance. In her paper, Professor MacDonnell proposes a new way of thinking about the role of government, specifically with regard to its affirmative obligations to advance and secure constitutional rights. Professor MacDonnell’s paper focuses on the Canadian, German and South African Constitutions.

In our 11-minute interview, Professor MacDonnell introduces us to her project, discusses its cross-jurisdictional applications, highlights the ways in which her thesis departs from convention, and situates her paper against the larger backdrop of her research on “constitutional implementation.”

The full interview is available here.

Suggested Citation: Richard Albert, New Scholarship Review: Interview with Vanessa MacDonnell, Int’l J. Const. L. Blog, September 15, 2013, available at:


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