This presentation will use the scholarship regarding constitutional preambles, especially Professor Frosini’s work, to explore preambles in ordinary statutes. Why and when do preambles appear in legislation? To what extent are insights about constitutional preambles applicable to statutory preambles? Can statutory preamble support important public law and constitutional principles, particularly principles that need buttressing in an age of illiberal democracies and “democratic decay”? In addressing these and related questions, the primary case study will be the Canadian federal experience.
We look forward to welcoming you on July 3-5, 2023 for our Annual Conference entitled "Islands and Ocean: Public Law in a Plural World." The conference will take place at the Victoria University of Wellington, in New Zealand. We will be announcing more details about the conference soon, including financial support to early career and global south scholars!