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The Otherness in Comparative Constitutional Law

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How Comparative Constitutional Law Comes to be Seen When Taught in English as the Medium of Instruction

Comparative Constitutional Law (CCL) has known a renaissance in the last decades. Nonetheless, it is still haunted by the apprehension of amounting to an abundant collection of valuable materials illustrating constitutional enterprises without an established and uncontroversial methodology. Should political science come to rescue the legal doctrine when it cannot grasp the variables influencing constitutional dynamics? What intellectual understanding should CCL serve? Does CCL shift from the treatment of specific topics to general themes? In my experience, both methodologies and main stream interests in CCL are critically tested in an English as a Medium of Instruction (EMI)-teaching environment: that is the reason why EMI-taught CCL courses may turn into useful opportunities to scrutinize the canon we have been developing. In this Article, I will try to offer a few examples of how the EMI-teaching of CCL may contribute to identify a methodological guidance and a latitude of investigation.

Affiliations: 1: Associate professor of Comparative Constitutional Law at the University of Macerata; Fellow at the Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law, Heidelberg.;


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