1 Int'l J. Const. L. 1 (2003)

handle is hein.journals/injcl1 and id is 1 raw text is: Note to Readers

We are pleased to launch the International Journal of Constitutional Law (I.CON)
with the present issue. I.CON is designed to fill a need created by the recent
trend toward globalization of constitutional norms, and by the ever-increasing
use of comparative analysis in constitutional adjudication and scholarship.
The new trends flow from both practical and theoretical concerns. With the
collapse of communism and authoritarian regimes in the 1990s, and the sub-
sequent wave of constitution-making, a new generation has examined the
range of constitutional models to determine their limitations and advantages,
their idiosyncrasies and transportability. Further, the tendency of vexed
issues-from crime and terrorism to human rights-to spill across borders,
coupled with the rising importance of international and regional adjudicatory
bodies, means that no system can exist in isolation or escape comparison.
Finally, an increasing number of courts involved in constitutional adjudication
cite to, and discuss, international and foreign decisions.
The mission of I.CON is to cover the emerging constitutional order and new
constitutional trends for an international readership. The journal adopts a
broad and functional definition of constitutionalism. It will cover traditional
constitutional issues as well as new ones, and it will address international and
transnational constitutional issues as well as national ones from a compara-
tive perspective. I.CON will also publish works that focus on a single national
constitution provided these are relevant beyond the borders of the nation
involved. I.CON will include perspectives from philosophers, economists, and
social and political scientists as well as judges and legal scholars. In order
to provide its readership with worldwide perspectives, I.CON will sometimes
publish works originally written in languages other than English.
As this inaugural issue indicates, I.CON will publish articles, essays, and
book reviews. It will also publish shorter pieces dealing with constitutional
developments throughout the world and, in the second issue, it will feature our
first symposium, on the transnational migration of constitutional norms.
Finally, starting with an early issue, I-CON will periodically feature a profile of a
constitutional court that will discuss the composition of the court in question,
review its most salient decisions, and examine its jurisprudence.
We hope that the journal will succeed in filling a need among scholars who
are interested in sharing views on common problems of constitutional law.
Norman Dorsen, Editorial Director
Michel Rosenfeld, Editor-in-Chief
0 Oxford University Press and New York University School of Law 2003,
LCON, Volume 1, Number 1, 2003, p. I

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