Events

Consortium for Social Research on Turkey (CSRT) in collaboration with Center for Policy and Research on Turkey (Research Turkey) and the Student Collective of Turkey at the New School invites paper submissions for a full-day conference on constitutional politics in Turkey to be held at the New School for Social Research, New York, on March 4, 2016.
Cross-post from I·CONnect, http://www.iconnectblog.com/2015/11/call-for-papers-symposium-on-founding-moments-in-constitutionalism/ Yale Law School, April 15-16, 2016. This Symposium is convened by Richard Albert (Boston College/Yale Law School) and Menaka Guruswamy (Yale Law School). Founding moments are landmark events that break ties with the ancien regime and lay the foundation for the establishment of modern states. Founding moments shape national law, influence surrounding countries, establish future power structures and legitimize certain political institutions within the country. This conference on founding moments in constitutionalism is an opportunity to address this phenomenon and how it relates to our understanding of law.
The Minerva Center for the Rule of Law under Extreme Conditions at the University of Haifa and Boston College Law School invite submissions for a full-day international Symposium on Constitutionalism Under Extreme Conditions, to be held in Haifa, Israel at the Faculty of Law, University of Haifa on Monday, 18 July 2016, under the auspices of The Israeli Association of Public Law (IAPL). The Keynote speech at this event will be delivered by Justice Dorit Beinisch, President of the Supreme Court of Israel (ret.) and President of the IAPL. This Symposium is convened by Prof. Richard Albert (Boston College) and Dr. Yaniv Roznai (Minerva Center for RLuEC).
The Center for Parliamentary Studies, LUISS Guido Carli University of Rome in cooperation with the University of Milan, Department of National and Supranational Public Law, the International Society of Public Law (ICON-S) and the Younger Comparativists Committee (YCC), American Society of Comparative Law invite submissions for a two-day Global Symposium on Bicameralism under Pressure: Constitutional Reform of National Legislatures, to be held in Rome, Italy on Monday and Tuesday, May 2 and 3, 2016.
As part of our group’s research activities we are launching a new Comparative Constitutional Change book series. Please feel free to circulate the news to scholars who might be interested in submitting a book proposal. Comparative Constitutional Change has developed into a distinct field of constitutional law that encompasses the study of constitutions through the way they change and covers a wide scope of topics and methodologies. Books in this series include work on constitutional development in the functions of the constitution, the organization of powers and the protection of rights, but also work that focuses on formal amendment rules and the relation between constituent and constitutive power.
Cross-post from I·CONnect, http://www.iconnectblog.com/2015/09/call-for-papers-global-symposium-on-constitutional-amendment-and-replacement-in-latin-america-university-of-brasilia-law-school-brazil/. The University of Brasilia Law School, Boston College Law School, Macquarie Law School, and the International Society of Public Law invite submissions for a two-day Symposium on constitutional amendment and replacement in Latin America, to be held on the campus of the University of Brasilia Law School on Thursday and Friday, September 29-30, 2016. This Symposium is convened by Richard Albert (Boston College), Juliano Zaiden Benvindo (Brasilia) and Carlos Bernal (Macquarie).
Boston College Law School, the International Association of Constitutional Law Research Group on Constitution-Making and Constitutional Change and the Clough Center for the Study of Constitutional Democracy are pleased to present a full-day workshop on comparative constitutional amendment, to be held on the campus of Boston College Law School on Friday, May 15, 2015.

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