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Andrew Le Sueur: report on IACL 9th World Congress in Oslo

I’m not sure what the collective noun for constitutional law scholars is, but whatever the word, there were a lot of them in Norway last week for the 9th world congress of the International Association of Constitutional Law (IALC). The event, which ran from 16th to 20th June 2014, attracted over 600 participants –24 from the United Kingdom – from 87 countries.

Many delegates commented the significant proportion of younger scholars present, a sign that the future of the IACL is strong. Since the IACL was formally inaugurated at its first world congress in 1983 (held in Belgrade), it is has developed into an association of associations (the UK Constitutional Law Association is one of the national associations affiliated to the IACL), which also offers individual membership, and provides support for several active research groups. Roundtables on specific topics are held two or three times a year.

Plenary sessions

The opening ceremony, attended by the Crown Prince, provided the local organisers with an opportunity to mark the 200th anniversary of Norway’s constitution. With the ceremonial part of the proceedings over, the congress’s broad theme of “Constitutional Challenges: Global and Local” was rolled out in plenary sessions, which saw an array of public intellectuals, from law and beyond, speak, standing under Edvard Munch’s fabulous mural entitled “The Sun”,  in Oslo University law faculty’s Aula. The keynote speakers were:

  • Martti Koskenniemi, University of Helsinki, Finland
  • Wojciech Sadurski, University of Sydney, Australia
  • Saskia Sassen, Columbia University, USA
  • Catharine MacKinnon, University of Michigan / Harvard, USA
  • Tariq Modood, University of Bristol, United Kingdom
  • Etienne Le Roy, Université de Paris I (Sorbonne), France
  • Daniel Weinstock, McGill University, Canada.
Plenary session 3: judges' panel on proportionality in constitutional adjudication

Plenary session 3: judges’ panel on proportionality in constitutional adjudication

By tradition, the final plenary session was a panel of judges – who spoke frankly about the difficulties and potential for using proportionality in human rights and constitutional litigation. @UKCLA was tweeting throughout the session, so look at our feed for 140-character attempts to capture some of the debate. The judges taking part were:

  • Susanne Baer, Justice, Constitutional Court of Germany
  • Amine Benabdallah, Professor, Member of the Constitutional Council of Morocco
  • William A. Fletcher, Judge, United States Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals
  • Françoise Tulkens, Former Judge and Vice-President of the European Court of Human Rights

Workshops

Participants wanting something new, and to meet scholars working in similar fields, were well served by 17 workshops spread over three days. The accepted papers are online for anybody to read (see here), and these provide rich pickings from established and emerging scholars.

Workshop 8: the internet and the constitution, chaired by Adrienne Stone (Australia) and Djedjro Meledje (Ivory Coast)

Workshop 8: the internet and the constitution, chaired by Adrienne Stone (Australia) and Djedjro Meledje (Ivory Coast)

 IACL governance

The IACL world congress enables the election of a president for the next four years. Professor Manuel José Cepeda Espinosa takes over as president from Professor Martin Scheinin.  Manuel Cepeda – described by one journalist as “el supermán jurídico” – taught at the Universidad de los Andes Law School, was a member of the constitutional court of Columbia 2001-2009, and is a senior legal advisor to government. Professor Adrienne Stone, of Melbourne Law School, was elected as first vice-president. I was elected to serve a further 4-year term on the IACL executive committee.

The new executive committee postponed making a decision about the venue for the next world congress until November, to enable further analysis of three bids from national associations in Australia , China, and South Korea. Let’s meet in Melbourne, Beijing, or Seoul in 2018 …

If you would like to support the work of UKCLA, which runs this blog and is affiliated to the IACL, please join. Membership is £15 for the 2014 calendar year.

Andrew Le Sueur is president of the UK Constitutional Law Association and Professor of Constitutional Justice at the University of Essex, UK

(Suggested citation: A. Le Sueur, ‘Report  on IACL 9th World Congress in Oslo’ U.K. Const. L. Blog (23rd June 2014) (available at http://ukconstitutionallaw.org/)).

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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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Andrew Le Sueur: IACL and UKCLG organisational matters

The latest newsletter from the International Association of Constitutional Law (IACL, of which the UK Constitutional Law Group is an affiliated national organisation) has been published (click on this link IACL newsletter 4 November 2013 resized). Key points:

  • deadline for receipt of expressions of interest for presenting papers at the 17 workshops of the 2014 Oslo World Congress has been extended from today until 31 December 2013, with selection taking place no later than 31 January 2014. (Thanks to everybody who met the original deadline). Also announced is a scheme for registration fee reduction for young scholars and an earlybird reduction for all.
  • The next IACL roundtable is at Harvard Law School, 6-7 March 2014 on “Constitutionalism across boarders in the struggle against terrorism”.

Meanwhile, in the UK: a small steering group (Sebastian Payne, Nick Barber, Jeff King and I) have been discussing the helpful responses to the consultation on formalising the UK Constitutional Law Group and relaunching it as the UK Constitutional Law Association. A revised set of rules is being drafted and a meeting (combining discussion/adoption of the rules and an academic event) is planned for January 2014. More details soon.

Andrew Le Sueur is a co-convenors of the UK Constitutional Law Group and serves on the executive committee of the IACL. He is Professor of Constitutional Justice at the University of Essex, UK. 

Suggested citation: A. Le Sueur, ‘IACL and UKCLG organisational matters’ (1 November 2013) (available athttp://ukconstitutionallaw.org).

 

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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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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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