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.


Economic crisis and reform of EU law

by Abraham Barrero Ortega and Irene Sobrino Guijarro

Within the framework of the EU, it is possible to identify parallel legal developments that deserve close attention. We are referring to the specific reality represented by the “Treaty establishing the European Stability Mechanism” (2nd of February 2012), the “Treaty on Stability, Coordination and Governance in the Economic and Monetary Union” (2nd of March 2012), closely linked to the “Pact for the Euro”– endorsed by the Heads of State or Government in March 2011-, and the “Compact for Growth and Jobs”, agreed by Heads of State or Government at the European Council in June 2012.

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Participatory Constitutional Change. The People as Amenders of the Constitution

Edited by Xenophon Contiades and Alkmene Fotiadou (Routledge 2017, 212 pages).
This book explores the recent trend of enhancing the role of the people in constitutional change. It traces the reasons underlying this tendency, the new ways in which it takes form, the possibilities of success and failure of such ventures as well as the risks and benefits it carries. The book is now available at https://www.routledge.com/Participatory-Constitutional-Change-The-People-as-Amenders-of-the-Constitution/Contiades-Fotiadou/p/book/9781472478696

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Call for Papers–Workshop on Comparative Constitutional Amendment

Call for Papers–Workshop on Comparative Constitutional Amendment.
Boston College Law School and the International Association of Constitutional Law’s Research Group on Constitution-Making and Constitutional Change invite submissions for a full-day workshop on comparative constitutional amendment, to be held on the campus of Boston College Law School on Friday, May 15, 2015.
This workshop is convened by Xenophon Contiades (University of Peloponnese) and Richard Albert (Boston College).

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The Controversial Anti-Migrant Referendum in Hungary is Invalid

by Zoltán Szente

Regardless of the intense government campaign which lasted more than a year and the involvement of almost the entire state apparatus, the Government-initiated anti-migrant referendum held on 2 October proved to be invalid due to low turnout. The Hungarian Government initiated a national referendum in February 2016 against the controversial quota system proposed by the EU for the resettlement of migrants among the Member States.

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Arab Spring In The Kuwaiti Court Of Cassation

by David Gwynn Morgan, Professor of Law at Kuwait International Law School

A major step in confirming the Rule of Law in Kuwait was taken with the Court of Cassation case of Al-Jaber, No (3253) of the year, 2014, judgment given on April 4, 2016. The facts were sufficiently simple and typical for the decision to be capable of growth in several direction, assuming that it is followed in later cases.

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Call for papers-Symposium on The Constitution of Canada: History, Evolution, Influence and Reform

24 May 2017, Pisa, Italy.
This Symposium will convene a group of scholars to reflect on the history and evolution of the Constitution of Canada, on its written and unwritten dimensions, on its influence abroad, and on prospects for its reform.
Submissions are invited from scholars of all levels—from senior scholars to doctoral students—on one or more of the following subjects. We invite participants to take any methodological approach they wish, including comparative, doctrinal, empirical, historical and/or theoretical perspectives.

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Decisions of the Swiss sovereign on two popular constitutional initiatives

by Thomas Fleiner

On September 25, the Swiss sovereign (according to Article 195 and Article 142 par 2 of the Constitution) rejected two popular constitutional initiatives and the voters decided on a referendum (Article 142 par 1 of the Constitution) against the law on the intelligence service. The sovereign rejected both initiatives and the majority of the voters accepted the law on the intelligence service. The turnout was about 42%.

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Call for Papers-Conference on Imposed Constitutions: Aspects of imposed constitutionalism

The Research Group on Constitution-Making and Constitutional Change of the International Association of Constitutional Law, the University of Nicosia, Department of Law and the Centre for European Constitutional law invite submissions for a two-day Conference on Imposed Constitutions: Aspects of imposed constitutionalism, to be held on the campus of the University of Nicosia University on Friday and Saturday, May 5-6, 2017.

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