While a constitution is not present wherever polity is constituted, the semantics of the term offers both empirical and normative concepts. In a descriptive (empirical) concept, the constitution may refer to a state, while in the normative and prescriptive aspect it can refer to the laws. A constitution often reflects on the historical aspirations of the constituted state in that it reflects the deeply entrenched aspirations of its polity. Constitutionalism may be compared with conferring legitimacy of public power, with a deviation from the erstwhile concept of a compact to that of a set of institutionalized legal normative principles. Constitutions are part of moralist philosophy and therefore it would be doctrinal to state that the Basic Legitimation Demand is deeply entrenched in them. It is the primary objective of all liberal constitutions. This narrative serves to examine when a state meets this Demand.
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!