Andrew Le Sueur: Do you need another constitutional law blog?

iacl-banner(Short answer, yes.).

Over the past five years, blogging has moved out of the shadows to become not only a respectable but also an essential academic and professional channel for ideas, debate and information. The field of constitutional law is well served by some excellent blogs.

The UKCLA blog – the one you’re reading – was founded by Nick Barber (Oxford) in 2010 and is now edited by Jeff King (UCL) and Stephen Tierney (Edinburgh). As well as UK-related material, it provides coverage of constitutional developments in several other jurisdictions.

I·CONnect, the blog of the International Journal of Constitutional Law, aims to be more ‘than a vehicle for the speedy report and reaction. Thoughtful conversation, reaction to articles in I·CON, trying out of ideas which later may mature into something more lasting, and the great virtue of deliberative communication – the multilogue which the social media allow are complementary and truly unique virtues of the net’.

There are also several excellent blogs run by individuals. From the UK, for example, Mark Elliott’s Public Law for Everyone is always worth reading.

Against this background, you may be forgiven for thinking that the constitutional law blogosphere is full. This week, however, the International Association of Constitutional Law (IACL) launches a new blog, led by Adrienne Stone (Australia) with me (UK), Grégoire Webber (Canada) and César Landa (Peru). The aim of the blog is to build an online community of people interested in the IACL’s work – and for this reason we are bringing something new to constitutional law blogging. The blog will report on

  • several active research groups (including e.g. on Constitutional Responses to Terrorism, Constitution-Making and Constitutional Change, and Social Rights)
  • roundtables – academic events held two or three times a year. For example, in November 2014 a roundtable was held Romania on ‘Shaping constitutional rules for a balanced budget’. Forthcoming events include ‘Contemporary Issues in Indian Public Law: Transnational Perspectives’ (in India in April) and the ‘new’ separation of powers (in South Africa in May).
  • every four years the IACL holds a world congress, attracting several hundred academics, judges and practitioners. The last was in Oslo; the next will be in South Korea in 2018.
  • the IACL is an ‘association of associations’, with affiliated national organisations (of which UKCLA is one) around the world.

The new blog is multilingual, welcoming contributions in English, French or Spanish.

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Andrew Le Sueur is Professor of Constitutional Justice at the University of Essex. He is serving a second term (to 2018) on the executive committee of the International Association of Constitutional Law.

(Suggested citation: A. Le Sueur, ‘Do you need another constitutional law blog?’, U.K. Const. L. Blog (25th Feb 2015) (available at: https://ukconstitutionallaw.org/)).