Friday, February 3, 2012

U.S. Constitution Not a Good Model

In an interview by an Egyptian journalist, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg said she would not recommend the Egyptians look to the U.S. Constitution for guidance in structuring their own. Instead, she mentioned the constitutions of South Africa, Canada, and the European Convention on Human Rights as worthy models to examine.

Terrific. One of the people charged with upholding the U.S. Constitution has serious doubts about its worthiness. Link.

1 comment:

  1. I'm not sure why this is so upsetting. She's basically suggesting that a fledging government in a country with terrible human rights abuses look to other more contemporary constitutions where those kinds of rights have been highlighted and prioritized. Why would Americans, and especially those who've spent their careers studying the laws of our country and others, not be allowed to suggest alternate models depending on the needs of another country? Are we really supposed to believe that the U.S. Constitution, written over two hundred and twenty-five years ago and composed by a small minority of men, is not amenable, open to criticism, or not the best fit for every single nation in the twenty-first century world?