The State of the Field

Comparative constitutional law has experienced a resurgence in recent decades. Whereas two decades ago the field was focused on the North Atlantic and the issue of rights adjudication, there now exists a vibrant literature on many different jurisdictions and issues, covering a wide field of global constitutional arrangements. This essay reviews the history and rapid progress of the field. The most encouraging and visible manifestations of this progress include a shift away from Eurocentrism and the traditional focus on apex courts. It also identifies lacunae in the existing literature and questions that would benefit from further exploration. The essay concludes by proposing a next-generation research agenda for the field.