1 EuConst 1 (2005)

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                                Preface



Conception,  development  and  birth of this journal roughly coincide with the
same  phases of the European Constitutional Treaty. No need to argue its time-
liness. The ancient Greeks had a god for the right moment,  Kairos. It may be
owing  to his genius that this journal, failing to materialize out of earlier at-
tempts, can be launched just now.I
   What  does need  to be put forward here  is the intended editorial character
and formula  of the European  Constitutional Law Review.  In our invitation to
colleagues across the continent to sit in the Advisory Board and write a short
piece, to which the acclaim was immediate, massive and committing  (the result
is this first issue's substance), we phrased the intention thus:

   In the tradition of the HOGENDORPcentre, the journal will follow the classical ap-
   proach of constitutionalism, to discuss EU law's developments as well as compara-
   tive public law of the member states, political and constitutional theory and
   history.

This journal is, simply, meant to be a tribute to and a participant in the great
Western  constitutional tradition. The new European  constitution provides its
opportunity, not its exclusive subject.

Like everything to which the adjective European is applied, this journal's name
refers not just to such reality as has consolidated at a distinct European level (in
Brussels, Luxembourg,  Strasbourg roughly, or in the Union's different national
capitals). It includes things that we qualify as European on other counts. These
may  be values, forms or events that transcend the national level and are seen as
common,   or are part of reality shared. This is why comparative constitutional
law is an important field of interest.
   Nor  is European constitutional law a field of legal studies strictly. The con-
stitution may be a matter of law; the law has no monopoly over its understand-
ing. The  constitution is a meeting place of different ingenuities. It is where
power  meets reason, law meets politics, interests meet justice, where past meets
present and future. It is where logic meets history. And so on. In constitutional
   1 Monique Trd6, Kairos. L'itpropos et I'occasion Paris 1992.

European Constitutional Law Review, 1: 1-3, 2005
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