Speaker: Gregory Tardi
Senior Parliamentary Counsel in the Legal Services of the House of Commons
Statecraft can be studied through the lenses of constitutional law, political science, and public policy and administration. However, the architecture of the state is not built and democratic governance is not conducted in such neat conceptual silos. In fact, the expression "law and politics" is inadequate in generating a suitable understanding of government. A better view is offered by "political law", which analyzes government in a comprehensive, interdisciplinary and comparative fashion. Political law examines the modern democratic state by starting with its most fundamental characteristic, the rule of law; it then demonstrates the application of legality in the important functions and processes of governance.