Martin Loughlin’s Foundations of Public Law–Singapore

National University of Singapore (NUS) Faculty of Law

National University of Singapore (NUS) Faculty of Law hosts an international workshop, Martin Loughlin’s Foundations of Public Law–a Critical Review, April 13-14, 2015.

Foundations of Public Law (Oxford University Press, 2010) is ‘an account of the foundation of the discipline of public law with a view to identifying its essential character’. This book effectively refines the Anglophone discipline of public law, changing it from a court-centric doctrinal jurisprudence concerned with judicial review of state actions into what Loughlin refers to as a ‘political jurisprudence’ (a political ‘grammar’). The result is Anglophone legal world’s most ambitious attempt to affirmatively locate the place and role of politics in the national constitutional-legal order.

The workshop will critically examine Foundations from a variety of perspectives, include theoretical perspective (e.g., the theory of the state, constitutional theory, the theory of political jurisprudence); the perspectives of particular regimes (e.g., ‘global-southern’ experience, the legal transnationalization, the EU); and from critical perspectives (e.g., economic constitutionalism, the public-private divide, pluralism).

About the author

Reference librarian, University of Washington School of Law