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Published: 05 January 2021

368 Pages


ISBN: 9780198858850

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Scales of Memory

Constitutional Justice and Historical Evil

Justin Collings

Oxford Comparative Constitutionalism

  • Explores how the constitutional courts in the United States, Germany, and South Africa have invoked slavery, Nazism, and apartheid - three historical evils - as an aid in constitutional interpretation
  • Argues that courts tend to approach historic evil through one of two principal modes of memory: the redemptive mode and the parenthetical mode
  • Examines how the memory of evil pasts moulds constitutional meaning in the contested present