The Alchemists: Questioning Our Faith in Courts as Democracy-Builders

Launch

The Alchemists: Questioning Our Faith in Courts as Democracy-Builders

Author Dr Tom Gerald Daly launches his new book The Alchemists: Questioning Our Faith in Courts as Democracy-Builders.

Can courts really build democracy in a state emerging from authoritarian rule? This book presents a searching critique of the contemporary global model of democracy building for post-authoritarian states, arguing that it places excessive reliance on courts.

Tom Gerald Daly is an MLS Fellow at Melbourne Law School, Co-Convenor of the Constitution Transformation Network, Associate Director of the Edinburgh Centre for Constitutional Law at Edinburgh Law School, and a consultant on public law, human rights and democracy-building. His research focuses on the connections between law, policy and democratic governance, with a particular focus on young democracies.

Presenters

  • Dr Tom Gerald Daly
    Dr Tom Gerald Daly, MLS Fellow
  • Laureate Professor Cheryl  Saunders