This is another in the series of essays that were presented at the “来华外国人与近代中国法” 国际学术研讨会 "Foreigners and Modern Chinese Law" International Symposium Conference and then continued thereafter in the same spirit.
No.191 王银宏 : 1356年《金玺诏书》与德意志国王选举制度 (No.191 Wang Yinhong: 1356 "Golden Bull [Jin Xi] edict" and the electoral system of the Holy Roman Empire).
This contribution is particularly interesting for its focus on the constitutional structures (and longevity) of the Holy Roman Empire, with a focus on the Golden Bull of 1356. It is somewhat refreshing--either in China or the West--for scholars to turn to the wider universe of constitutional writings that flourished before the orthodoxy of Franco-American constitutionalism began to occupy a central place in theories of constitutions (with a sidelong glance at the possibilities of Marxist and indigenous constitutionalism). Of course there are echoes of the Golden Bull within mainstream post Revolutionary French constitutionalism. But seeing these more ancient forms with new eyes, unpolluted by the socialization of Western constitutionalism and its ideologies, might produce some interesting insight--for Westerners and for Chinese trying to better embed their own constitutional journeys within global discourse.
The essay was posted to 叁會學坊, the San Hui Fang Workshops microblog and it follows below 中国语文 only.