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Book: ‘Constitutions and Gender’ edited by Helen Irving

19 junio, 2017

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9781784716950Constitutions and Gender

Edited by Helen Irving, Professor of Law, Sydney Law School, The University of Sydney, Australia

Constitutions and gender is a new and exciting field, attracting scholarly attention and influencing practice around the world. This timely handbook features contributions from leading pioneers and younger scholars, applying a gendered lens to constitution-making and design, constitutional practice and citizenship, and constitutional challenges to gender equality rights and values. It offers a gendered perspective on the constitutional text and record of multiple jurisdictions, from the long-established, to the world’s newly emerging democracies. Constitutions and Gender portrays a profound shift in our understanding of what constitutions stand for and what they do.

The idea that constitutions are gendered is not new, but its recognition is the product of a revolution in thinking that began in the last decades of the twentieth century. As a field, it is attracting scholarly attention and influencing…

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Call for Applications: Ronald L Watts Young Scholar Award

31 mayo, 2017

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The International Association of Centres for Federal Studies (IACFS) inaugurated in 2014 of the Young Scholar Award, an annual award for the best unpublished article or paper on an aspect of federalism. As of 2016, the award was renamed in honour of Ronald L. Watts.


Only young researchers, attached or associated with an IACFS member centre are eligible. They include full-time researchers, masters to doctoral and post-doctoral students. The age limit is 35 years.
Young researchers are invited to submit a journal-length article (8,000 – 10,000 words) on a topic dealing with an aspect of federalism. The topic needs not be linked to the theme of the IACFS annual conference.

The paper must be an original work but it may have already been submitted for publication. The paper must be written in English.


A young researcher submits his or…

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Call for Papers: Constitutional History — Comparative Perspectives

31 mayo, 2017

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Call for Papers

Bologna, Italy, 13–14 November 2017
University of Illinois College of Law, University of Bologna School of Law, Center for Constitutional Studies and Democratic Development

Paper proposals are invited for the Third Annual Illinois-Bologna conference on Constitutional History: Comparative Perspectives.  The conference will be held in Bologna, Italy, on November 13 and 14, 2017.  The conference keynote speaker will be Giuliano Amato, Judge of the Constitutional Court of Italy, former Prime Minister of Italy, and Professor Emeritus of the European University Institute and the University La Sapienza.

Accompanying the spread of constitutional government around the world has been a profound interest in the comparative aspects of constitutional law. Scholars have catalogued the differing features of national constitutions and examined how different constitutional systems resolve common legal issues. So, too, judges faced with legal questions have sought guidance in the decisions of constitutional courts of other nations. While comparative…

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IACL Research Group Profile: Constitution-Making and Constitutional Change

31 mayo, 2017

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By Prof Xenophon Contiades and Dr Alkmene Fotiadou

This is the first in a series of posts profiling the Research Groups of the International Association of Constitutional Law (IACL). Each group works under the auspices of the IACL to develop scholarship and encourage dialogue centring on a particular issue of interest to comparative constitutionalists. This post showcases the work of the Constitution-Making and Constitutional Change Research Group.

The Research Group on Constitution-Making and Constitutional Change of the International Association of Constitutional Law (IACL) was created in 2014 and aims to promote the study of constitution-making and constitutional change from a comparative aspect. The Research Group assembles constitutional scholars interested in the wide variety of issues stemming from constitution-writing and constitutional evolution across the world. The Group explores the procedures used for the enactment of new constitutions and for formal constitutional amendment, as well as the substantive content of constitution-making and constitutional…

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Italian Law Journal Special Issue: The 2016 Italian Constitutional Referendum

10 mayo, 2017

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The Italian Law Journal has just released a Special Issue on ‘The 2016 Italian Constitutional Referendum: Origins, Stakes and Outcomes’. The Special Issues was edited by Guest Editor Paolo Passaglia.

It is divided into the following sections:

  • Part I — Constitutional Reform in Italy: Past and Present
  • Part II — Views on the Future of Constitutional Reform
  • Part III — Views from Abroad

The table of contents for the Special Issue, including abstracts and full-text articles, can be found here.

Other full current and past issues of the Italian Law Journal can be viewed and downloaded for free at the Journal’s website.

Submissions are now open for Volume 3, Issue 2 (2017), which is scheduled to be published in December 2017.

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Call for Papers: The Third Biennial Public Law Conference, Melbourne Law School, July 2018

9 mayo, 2017

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The Public Law Conference series is the pre-eminent regular forum for the discussion of public law matters in the common law world. The first two conferences in the Public Law series were held in Cambridge in 2014 and 2016. From 11 to 13 July 2018, Melbourne Law School will host the Third Biennial Public Law Conference, co-organised by the University of Melbourne and the University of Cambridge.

The 2018 conference, co-convened by Mark Elliott (Cambridge) and Jason Varuhas (Melbourne), will feature approximately 70 speakers from across the common law world, and bring together over 300 delegates to discuss the most important issues in public law today. The convenors have confirmed the participation of a number of leading judges and scholars from common law jurisdictions. The full list of confirmed speakers can be found on the conference website.

The theme of the conference is “The Frontiers of Public Law”. The…

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Conference: The Law & Politics of Brexit: Constitutional Challenges in Regional and European Perspectives

31 marzo, 2017

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A conference entitled ‘The Law and Politics of Brexit: Constitutional Challenges in Regional and European Perspectives’ will take place from 20–21 April at the School of Law and Government, Dublin City University. Participation is open to the public.


The decision by the people of the United Kingdom (UK) to vote in a referendum on 23 June 2016 to leave the European Union (EU) has produced shock-waves across Europe and the world. While the EU Treaty explicitly allows a member state to withdraw from the Union, no country thus far had ever decided to secede from what is arguably the most successful experiment in regional integration in history. Brexit, therefore, calls into question consolidated assumptions on the finality of the EU, and simultaneously opens new challenges – not only in the institutional fabric of Europe, but also in the constitutional settlements reached at the local level, e.g. in Scotland and Northern Ireland…

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