Call for papers: Debating the Constitution after the General Election

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UK Constitutional Law Association Conference

Debating the Constitution after the General Election

24 June 2015 – University of Manchester


On Wednesday 24 June 2015, the UKCLA will be hosting a conference at the University of Manchester. The aim of the conference is to provide an informal forum to engage in debate on topical constitutional issues in the wake of the 2015 general election.

Instead of full papers, we invite “blog-style” submissions of 1000-2000 words. The conference will consist of three panels and each panel will consist of three short presentations followed by an open-floor debate. The panels will be chaired by Professor Rodney Brazier MVO (University of Manchester), Professor Stephen Tierney (University of Edinburgh), and Merris Amos (QMUL). A keynote address will be given by the UK Human Rights Blog’s Adam Wagner.

How to Register for the Conference

To register for the conference, please email your name, along with your institutional affiliation, to

The conference is free for UKCLA members and £15 for non-members. There are limited free places available for PhD students (preference will be given to UKCLA Public Law PhD Group members). Information on how to pay the conference fee, for those to whom it applies, will be circulated closer to the time of the conference.

Call for Contributors

If you would like to contribute to the conference, please submit a note including a preliminary title, which panel the talk relates to, and a short summary (of no more than 200 words) outlining the topic of the suggested contribution to .

We welcome topical submissions related to the constitutional reform issues that are likely to be prevalent during and after the election. For example: the possible repeal of the Human Rights Act, the West Lothian question, further devolution, parliamentary reform, a potential EU referendum, electoral reform, parliamentary sovereignty, a codified constitution etc.

The deadline for submissions is May 10th. Those selected will have until the conference to prepare their full contributions (max 2000 words). Outstanding contributions may be published on the UKCLA blog.

Proposed Schedule

11am                     Registration begins, light refreshments available.

11:30am               Welcome Address (TBA)

12pm                    Panel One

1pm                      Buffet Lunch.

2pm                     Panel Two

3pm                     Afternoon refreshments.

3:30pm               Panel Three

4:30pm               Keynote: The slow death of the UK Human rights system: Is it just a matter of time or can the UK learn to love human rights?

                            Adam Wagner, UK Human Rights Blog and One Crown Office Row Chambers

5:00pm               Close