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UKCLA event: Margit Cohn on non-statutory powers, 30 January 2014

Margit Cohn (Hebrew University of Jerusalem)

‘Non-Statutory Executive Powers in Five Regimes: Assessing Global Constitutionalism in Structural-Institutional Contexts’ 

Thursday 30 January 2014,  6.00-7.30 pm

Venue: Room 1.2, School of Law, Queen Mary, University of London (Lincoln’s Inn Fields Campus), 67-69 Lincoln’s Inn Fields London WC2A 3JB

 

Members of the UK Constitutional Law Association and readers of the blog are all welcome to attend. No need to book.

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Event: AGM and current issues roundtable Friday 17 January

As previously announced, on Friday 17 January  2014 the UK CLG will hold an Annual General Meeting at which proposals for developing the Group will be discussed.  The agenda and papers were circulated by email on Friday 10 January to everybody who has paid the 2013 subscription.

The AGM will be followed by a roundtable on current issues, consisting of two sessions. All members who have paid subscriptions for 2013 are encouraged to attend the AGM; the short conference is open to all. There is no need to RSVP.

Venue: Keeton Room, UCL, Bentham House, Endsleigh Gardens, London WC1H 0EG.

12.30: Light refreshments will be served.

1.00-2.00 pm:  the AGM

Session 1: 2.00pm – 3.00pm Key Constitutional Themes of 2013 

Speakers:  Nick Barber; Professor Robert Hazell and Professor Aileen McHarg

Session 2:  3.03-4.05 pm

Dr Merris Amos: ‘Dialogue between the UK courts and the European Court of Human Rights’

Professor Roger Masterman: ‘Competing Supremacies’

4.10p.m. -5pm Drinks

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Event: book launch discussion 20 January 2014

Bamforth and LeylandAccountability in the Contemporary Constitution (OUP)

Monday 20 January 2014, 6-8 pm (you are welcome to arrive from 5.30 pm)

Venue: Faculty of Business and Law, London Metropolitan University, City Campus, 16 Goulston Street, London E1 7TP. Goulston Street is in close proximity to Aldgate East and Aldgate underground stations.

UK Constitutional Law Group members are invited to the launch of  Accountability in the Contemporary Constitution, edited by Nicholas Bamforth and Peter Leyland. The event is in association with Oxford University Press, London Metropolitan University and the Global Policy Institute. RSVP essential:  j.kingmalik@londonmet.ac.uk

The event chaired by Mr Justice Bean will include a brief introduction from the editors and feature Professor Mark Tushnet (Harvard Law School) who will speak on the subject of constitutional accountability. Oxford University Press will be selling copies of the book on the evening at a special discounted price.

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Events: UK Constitutional Law Group events in January 2014

There are three UK CLG events in January 2014.

Annual General Meeting and short conference 17 January

On Friday 17 January  2014 the UK CLG will hold an Annual General Meeting at which proposals for developing the Group will be discussed. The AGM will be followed by a short conference consisting of two sessions. All members who have paid subscriptions for 2013 are encouraged to attend the AGM; the short conference is open to all. 

Venue: Keeton Room, UCL, Bentham House, Endsleigh Gardens, London WC1H 0EG.

12.30: Refreshments will be served.

1.00-2.00 pm:  the AGM (papers will be circulated in early January)

Conference:  2.00 – 4. 15 pm

Session 1 Nicholas Barber will lead a discussion on ‘Key constitutional themes of 2013’

Session 2 Merris Amos will present a paper on, ‘Dialogue between the UK courts and the European Court of Human Rights’. Further speakers to be confirmed.

4.15 – 5 pm Drinks

Book Launch and Discussion: Accountability in the Contemporary Constitution (OUP) 20 January

Bamforth and LeylandMonday 20 January 2014, 6-8 pm (you are welcome to arrive from 5.30 pm)

Venue: Faculty of Business and Law, London Metropolitan University, City Campus, 16 Goulston Street, London E1 7TP. Goulston Street is in close proximity to Aldgate East and Aldgate underground stations.

UK Constitutional Law Group members are invited to the launch of  Accountability in the Contemporary Constitution, edited by Nicholas Bamforth and Peter Leyland. The event is in association with Oxford University Press, London Metropolitan University and the Global Policy Institute. RSVP essential:  j.kingmalik@londonmet.ac.uk

The event chaired by Mr Justice Bean will include a brief introduction from the editors and feature Professor Mark Tushnet (Harvard Law School) who will speak on the subject of constitutional accountability.

Oxford University Press will be selling copies of the book on the evening at a special discounted price.

Talk:  Margit Cohn on ‘Non-Statutory Executive Powers in Five Regimes: Assessing Global Constitutionalism in Structural-Institutional Contexts’ 30 January

Thursday 30 January 2014,  6.00-7.30 pm

margit_cohnVenue: Room 1.2, School of Law, Queen Mary, University of London (Lincoln’s Inn Fields Campus), 67-69 Lincoln’s Inn Fields London WC2A 3JB

Margit Cohn of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem will present a talk entitled ‘Non-Statutory Executive Powers in Five Regimes: Assessing Global Constitutionalism in Structural-Institutional Contexts’.

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Call for Papers: Conference on “Constitutionalism Across Borders in the Struggle Against Terrorism”

The International Association of Constitutional Law’s* Research Group on Constitutional Responses to Terrorism has issued a call for proposals (in the form of abstracts) for papers to be given at a roundtable to be held at Harvard Law School, USA on 6-7 March 2014 entitled “Constitutionalism Across Borders in the Struggle Against Terrorism

During the last two decades the struggle against terrorism has increasingly acquired a world-wide dimension. States have pooled their forces by coordinating their counter-terrorism policies in the framework of international or regional organizations. At the same time, states have resorted to transnational instruments of cooperation, for instance by sharing information on national security threats on a peer-to-peer basis. The recent disclosure about surveillance by the NSA has occasioned transnational disputes and concerns. We welcome proposals that seek to bring comparative analysis to bear on these new dynamics, from the perspective of national security and human rights.

Issues that authors might want to address include, for example:
- Constitutional challenges and opportunities arising from international institutions and obligations
- Constitutional issues arising from EU and ECHR obligations and coordination
- Constitutional challenges posed by transnational cooperation and divergence in counter-terrorism policy and practice
- Constitutional questions about trans-border coverage and protection: who beyond a nation’s own citizens enjoy constitutional rights, and where do such rights apply?

The conference will last a day and a half and will feature the participation, among others, of Martin Scheinin (President of the IACL and former UN Special Rapporteur on Terrorism and Human Rights), Lech Garlicki (Former Judge of the European Court of Human Rights), Savvas Papasavvas (Judge of the General Court of the EU), Kim Lane Scheppele (Princeton University), Erika de Wet (University of Pretoria) and Vicki Jackson, the host of the event at Harvard Law School. Abstract proposals of max. 300 words and the author’s cv should be emailed, along with any query, to federico.fabbrini@gmail.com by 17 November 2013. Once abstracts are accepted, papers of max. 6,000 words will be due 15 February 2014 to permit exchange of drafts prior to the conference and possible inclusion in a publication with a top international publisher soon afterwards. Selected speakers are expected to bear their own costs for travel and accommodation.

Convenors
Prof. David Cole, Georgetown University, Research Group Chair
Ass. Prof. Federico Fabbrini, Tilburg Law School, Research Group Coordinator

* The UK Constitutional Law Group is an affiliated national organisation to the the IACL.

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Event: The Future of Judicial Review, 19 November 2013

The Future of Judicial Review: Report Launch
Tuesday 19th November 6:15pm for a 6:30pm start
The British Academy, 10-11 Carlton House Terrace, London SW1Y 5AH

The UK Constitutional Law Group is supporting an event to launch of The Constitution Society’s report “The Future of Judicial Review”.  Places are limited and advanced booking is essential: please email events@consoc.org.uk.

The Constitution Society writes: Judicial review faces an uncertain future. The government’s proposed reforms in this area – not least, restricting who may bring a claim – are attracting controversy. Our new report takes a step back from the heat of that debate to illuminate the broader picture from a constitutional perspective.  What are the constitutional implications of attempts by the executive to limit the ability of individuals or organisations to challenge its decisions – and the power of the courts to rule on the lawfulness of its actions? What is the impact on the rule of law and the relationship between institutions of state? What are the potential consequences of altering the constitutional balance between our judges and Parliament? And why is this issue so important to the government, to Parliament and to lawyers?

Members of the panel will include: Amy Street, author of the report; Richard Gordon QC; Sir Konrad Schiemann; and a leading Parliamentarian. Following a panel discussion on the report the audience will have the opportunity to put questions to the speakers. A hard copy of the report will be available on the night.

 

 

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Andrew Le Sueur: IACL IXth World Congress 2014 call for papers

event_16_jun_2014The deadline for expressions of interest to present a paper at the 9th World Congress of the International Association of Constitutional Law is fast approaching: 1 November 2013. The procedure is set out here, on the congress website. To be held in Oslo, Norway,  16-20 June 2014, the overarching theme of the event is “Constitutional Challenges: Global and Local”. The programme includes a mix of plenary sessions and the following workshops (for which papers are invited):

  • 1: Constitutional responses to terrorism
  • 2: Sub-national constitutions in federal and quasi-federal constitutional states
  • 3: Constitutional studies of free trade and political economy
  • 4: Social Rights and the challenges of economic crisis
  • 5: Judicial and extra-judicial conversation on the Constitution
  • 6: The constitutional challenges of immigration
  • 7: Sexual and reproductive rights : liberty, dignity and equality
  • 8: The Citizen and the State in the Digital Age
  • 9: Constitutional identity and constitutionalism beyond the nation state
  • 10: The constitution and illiberal democracies
  • 11: The new spring of constitution-making
  • 12: Constitutions and financial crisis
  • 13: Constitutional dimensions of political parties and elections
  • 14: New challenges to the freedom of the media
  • 15: The transformation of the principle of the separation of powers
  • 16: Direct democracy
  • 17: Federalism, community identity and distributive justice.

Members of the UK Constitutional Law Group, and other readers of this blog, are warmly encouraged to participate in the congress, which is held once every three to four years. The UK Constitutional Law group is affiliated to the IACL as a national organisation.

Andrew Le Sueur is co-convenor of the UKCLG, a member of the IACL executive committee and Professor of Constitutional Justice at the University of Essex.

Suggested citation: A. Le Sueur, ‘IACL IXth World Congress 2014 call for papers’  UK Const. L. Blog (7th October 2013) (available at http://ukconstitutionallaw.org)

 

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Andrew Le Sueur: IACL newsletter and 2014 Oslo world congress

The latest issue of the International Association of Constitutional Law (IACL) newsletter has just been published, including information about the 2014 World Congress in Oslo. UK Constitutional Law Group members and blog readers are encouraged to submit papers to the wide array of workshop sessions.

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Event by BPP Law School: After the Leveson Report – where next for Press Regulation?

UKCLG members and readers of this blog are invited by Chris Monaghan and Tom Bennett, Convenors of “Fresh Perspectives on Law” at BPP Law School, to the following event :

31 July 2013, 6pm, BPP Waterloo More details here

A discussion panel on the aftermath of the Leveson Inquiry into the Culture, Practice and Ethics of the Press.

The Leveson Inquiry and its subsequent report has provoked much debate and controversy surrounding the future of the press and the extent of any regulation of its activities. At the same time, it has re-opened the debate about the adequacy of current legal protections for individual privacy. Lord Leveson’s report proposed the establishment of a system of press self-regulation underpinned by statute. The response of the Government has been to propose self-regulation underpinned by Royal Charter. All the while, elements of the media decry proposals for greater regulation as unacceptable infringements upon free speech, whilst victims of press intrusion worry the proposals will be ineffective in ensuring sufficient protection for privacy. Can an effective balance be struck between privacy and press freedom? And, if so, what is that balance to be?

Panellists include:

  • Professor Lorna Woods, City University
  • Jonathan Coad, Partner at Lewis Silkin LLP
  • Jane Winter, Former Director of British Irish Rights Watch
  • Tom Bennett, Lecturer in Media Law, BPP Law School

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UK Constitutional Law Group: IACL IXth Congress, Oslo, 16 to 20 June 2014

IACL logoThe International Association of Constitutional Law and The Department of Public and International Law at the University of Oslo invite you to participate at the IXth World Congress “Constitutional Challenges: Global and Local”.

The IACL holds a World Congress every 3-4 years. The IXth Congress will take place in Oslo from 16 to 20 June 2014 and is organised by the Department of Public Law at the University of Oslo in collaboration with the Executive Committee of the IACL. The venue for the Congress is the historic Main Building of the University of Oslo, which is in the centre of the city.

The Congress will take place just one month after the 200th anniversary of the Norwegian Constitution which today stands as the second-oldest written Constitution in the world. It is expected that between 300 and 500 participants will attend the Congress, from all regions of the world.

The working languages of the Congress are French and English and simultaneous translation will be provided in plenary sessions.

The IACL uses two principal formats for the scholarly programme of a World Congress: plenary sessions and workshops. Plenary sessions are open to all participants while workshops are smaller and discussion-based. There will be four plenary sessions in this Congress, each of which lasts for 3½ hours.

Details of the workshops can be found here.

1: Constitutional responses to terrorism
2: Sub-national constitutions in federal and quasi-federal constitutional states
3: Constitutional studies of free trade and political economy
4: Social Rights and the challenges of economic crisis
5: Judicial and extra-judicial conversation on the Constitution
6: The constitutional challenges of immigration
7: Sexual and reproductive rights : liberty, dignity and equality
8: The Citizen and the State in the Digital Age
9: Constitutional identity and constitutionalism beyond the nation state
10: The constitution and illiberal democracies
11: The new spring of constitution-making
12: Constitutions and financial crisis
13: Constitutional dimensions of political parties and elections
14: New challenges to the freedom of the media
15: The transformation of the principle of the separation of powers
16: Direct democracy
17: Federalism, community identity and distributive justice

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