The Dynamics of Exclusionary Constitutionalism
On 16th October 2017, Senior Law Lecturer Dr Mazen Masri formally launched his new book, The Dynamics of Exclusionary Constitutionalism: Israel as a Jewish and Democratic State,(Bloomsbury) with a panel discussion featuring Professor Penny Green (Queen Mary University of London) and Dr Mara Malagodi.
The discussion and Q&A was chaired by Dr Luke McDonagh.
Shortlisted for the 2017 Peter Birks Book Prize for Outstanding Legal Scholarship, Dr Masri's book explores how Israel's definition as a 'Jewish and Democratic State' affects the internal ordering of the state, the operation of the law, and how it is used to justify, protect and regenerate certain features of Israeli constitutional law.
It also considers the relationship between law and settler-colonialism, and how this relationship manifests itself in the constitutional order.
Dr Masri, whose areas of education and research include constitutional law and public international law with special interest in comparative constitutionalism, constitutional theory, human rights law and equality, says his new book, explores the definition of the Israeli state not just as a legal text, but also as an idea that is the product of the intimate relationship between law and politics: to explore the definition not just as a textual expression in basic laws, legislation, and court decisions, but also as the embodiment and representation of an ideology that informs the mind-set, policies, and practices in the laws and institutions of the state".