Conference Announcement: Constitutional Law Discussion Group at Edinburgh Law School

The Constitutional Law Discussion Group (CLDG) at Edinburgh Law School aims to provide a structured forum for the discussion of topics relevant to constitutional law and theory. We hold fortnightly meetings, attended by doctoral students and staff, mainly from the law school, but also political science and other departments.

Meetings of the CLDG typically last for one hour, with the usual format a 20-minute presentation and 40 minutes of Q&A with the audience, followed by an informal reception. However, we are open to different formats (e.g. slightly longer presentations).

We wish to invite PhD students and postdoctoral scholars conducting research on constitutional law and constitutional theory to present at the CLDG next semester (January-May 2014).  The open dates (always a Tuesday, at 3pm) are:

21 January   |   4 February   |   4 March   |   18 March   |   6 May   |   20 May

Presenters are not required to circulate a paper in advance, but may do so. Please note that we ordinarily cannot cover travel or accommodation expenses for speakers.


Past event topics have included:

– constitutional pluralism

– the autonomy of the Basque country

– a bill of rights for Britain

– emergency and the American constitution

– the Leveson report

– Iraqi constitutionalism

– the new Basic Law of Hungary

– constitution-making in democratoc transitions

– official language and the British constitution

Presenters have included, and this year will include, a mix of doctoral students and established academics, including PhD students at Edinburgh law school and other law schools in the United Kingdom and Europe, as well as professors and lecturers at Edinburgh, and other universities in Europe, Canada, the United States, Argentina and Brazil.

If you would like to present, to informally discuss a possible presentation, or to be added to our mailing list, please contact us at

For more information on the CLDG and past events, visit our website: