29/09/2020
Votations in Switzerland on September 27, 2020 by Nora Camenisch-Ehinger and Markus Kern, University of Bern
10/02/2020
Swiss votations on February 9, 2020
18/11/2019
Illiberal constitutionalism 2 – constraints on public power
30/10/2019
Illiberal constitutionalism – a remodelled constitutionalism
29/10/2019
International conference – “Constitutional Interpretation in European Populist Regimes”
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Welcome to the Constitution-Making and Constitutional Change blog by the Research Group of the IACL

Here is the official blog of the research group on constitution-making and constitutional change operating under the International Association of Constitutional Law. This is a blog open to all. We hope to provide a forum for interaction and discussion on all topics related to constitution-making and constitutional change. Lets share information and analysis of the ongoing developments in our countries and the relevant theoretical debates: lets blog.

by Antoni Abat Ninet, Professor of Constitutional Law, University of Copenhagen, Denmark After 500 days of pre-trial detention, and facing charges of rebellion and sedition (among others) which carries a maximum of 30 years in prison, it found guilty, former Catalan representatives and grassroots activist had finally the possibility to be heard by the Supreme Court in Madrid. A court on which there are reasonable doubts about their competence to deal with this trial.
by Prof. Markus Kern / Tobias Egli, University of Bern Construction activity in Switzerland is intense: Every day, the equivalent of eight soccer pitches is newly covered with buildings. The increasing concern about the phenomenon of urban sprawl has already had tangible political consequences in recent years: In 2012 the so called «Second Home Initiative» was accepted on the federal level, banning the construction of second homes in municipalities with a proportion of second homes exceeding 20%. In the same year the voters of the Canton of Zurich accepted the so called «Arable Land Initiative» aiming at the protection of arable land in the canton.
by Prof. Markus Kern / Nora Camenisch-Ehinger, University of Bern On November 25, 2018 three proposals were up for decision by the Swiss electorate. Two of them were pertaining to constitutional change and can be said to be situated at either of the poles of constitutional importance:
Edited by Richard Albert, Xenophon Contiades and Alkmene Fotiadou (Routledge 2018, 266 pages). Constitutions are often seen as the product of the free will of a people exercising their constituent power. This, however, is not always the case, particularly when it comes to ‘imposed constitutions’. In recent years there has been renewed interest in the idea of imposition in constitutional design, but the literature does not yet provide a comprehensive resource to understand the meanings, causes and consequences of an imposed constitution. The book is now available at https://www.routledge.com/The-Law-and-Legitimacy-of-Imposed-Constitutions/Albert-Contiades-Fotiadou/p/book/9781138488984

Members of the Group

  • Thomas Fleiner,
    Professor Emeritus of Public Law, University of Fribourg, Former President of the Executive Committee of the IACL
  • Cheryl Saunders,
    Laureate Professor, Melbourne Law School
  • Richard Albert,
    Professor of Constitutional Law, Boston College Law School
  • Anneli Albi,
    Professor of European Law, Law School, University of Kent
  • Nicholas Aroney,
    Professor of Constitutional Law, The University of Queensland Australia
  • Ringolds Balodis,
    Professor of Law, University of Latvia
  • Dr. Samo Bardutzky,
    Research Associate, University of Kent Law School
  • Abraham Barrero Ortega,
    Associate Professor of Constitutional Law, University of Seville
  • Omar Bendourou,
    Professor of Constitutional Law, University of Mohammed V at Souissi Morocco
  • Dr. Paul Blokker,
    University of Trento
  • Dr. Malik Boumediene,
    Maitre de conférences, University of Toulouse
  • Joshua Braver, J.D.,
    Yale Law School
  • Xenophon Contiades,
    Professor of Public Law, University of Peloponnese, Director, Centre for European Constitutional Law
  • Ian Cram,
    Professor of Comparative Constitutional Law, University of Leeds
  • Jean-Philippe Derosier,
    Professor, Université de Rouen
  • Rosalind Dixon,
    Professor of Law, Director, Comparative Constitutional Law Project, Gilbert + Tobin Centre of Public Law, Deputy-Director, HSF Law & Economics Initiative, UNSW Australia
  • Tímea Drinóczi,
    Professor, University of Pécs, Faculty of Law, Hungary
  • Massimo Fichera,
    Post-Doctoral Researcher, University of Helsinki
  • Dr. Ilton N. Robl Filho,
    Academia Brasileira de Direito Constitucional
  • Michèle Finck,
    Doctoral Researcher, University of Oxford
  • Alkmene Fotiadou,
    Dr. iur, Centre for European Constitutional Law
  • Jörg Gerkrath,
    Professor, University of Luxembourg
  • Siri Gloppen,
    Professor, University of Bergen
  • Jurgen Goossens,
    Ph.D. Researcher, Public Law Department, Ghent University
  • Tania Groppi,
    Professor of Public Law, University of Siena
  • Irene Sobrino Guijarro,
    Assistant Professor of Constitutional Law, University of Seville
  • Bianca Gutan,
    Professor of Constitutional Law and Human Rights Law, “Lucian Blaga” University of Sibiu
  • Dr. Michael Hein,
    Research Fellow, University of Göttingen
  • Eirik Holmøyvik,
    Associate Professor of Law, University of Bergen
  • Claudia Josi,
    Adjunct Professor, Santa Clara University School of Law
  • Helle Krunke,
    Professor of Constitutional Law, University of Copenhagen
  • Prof.dr. Henk R.B.M. Kummeling,
    Distinguished University Professor and Professor of Constitutional Law, Utrecht University, Extraordinary Professor, University of the Western Cape, South Africa
  • Juha Lavapuro,
    Associate Professor of Public Law, University of Tampere
  • Jónatas E.M. Machado,
    Associate Professor of Constitutional Law, University of Coimbra
  • John F. McEldowney,
    Professor of Law, University of Warwick
  • Giorgi Meladze,
    Center for Constitutional Research, Ilia State University
  • Giorgi Meladze,
    Center for Constitutional Research, Ilia State University
  • David Gwynn Morgan,
    Distinguished Professor of Law at Kuwait International Law School
  • Christina Murray,
    Professor of Constitutional and Human Rights Law, University of Cape Town
  • Anu Mutanen,
    Researcher, LL.D., M.Sc. (Admin.), University of Helsinki
  • Tuomas Ojanen,
    Professor of Constitutional Law, University of Helsinki
  • Gianluca P. Parolin,
    Assistant Professor, The American University in Cairo
  • Alicia Pastor y Camarasa,
    PhD Candidate at University of Louvain
  • Janis Pleps,
    Lecturer of Law, University of Latvia
  • Agustín Ruiz Robledo,
    Professor of Constitutional Law, University of Granada
  • Angel Rodriguez,
    Professor of Constitutional Law, University of Malaga
  • Dr. Yaniv Roznai,
    Assistant Professor, Radzyner School Οf Law, Interdisciplinary Center (IDC), Herzliya, Israel, Post-Doctoral Fellow, Hauser Global Law School, New York University
  • Janne Salminen,
    University of Turku
  • Antoine Sfeir,
    Professor of Law, University of Lebanon
  • Ali Shirvani,
    PhD researcher, Xiamen University
  • Eivind Smith,
    Professor, University of Oslo
  • Zoltán Szente,
    Professor of Law, National University of Public Service, Budapest
  • Ioannis Tassopoulos,
    Associate Professor of Public Law, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens
  • Björg Thorarensen,
    Professor of Law, Faculty of Law, University of Iceland
  • Dario Tosi,
    Professor of Public Law, University of Valle D’ Aosta
  • Nora Camenisch-Ehinger,
    University of Bern
  • Markus Kern,
    University of Bern