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.

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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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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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Greece Faces the Possibility of an Unconstitutional Constitutional Revision

by Dr. Alkmene Fotiadou, Centre for European Constitutional Law.
On July 25, the Greek Prime Minister announced his proposals for a revision of the Constitution of Greece. The key characteristic of the proposals is the very conspicuous possibility that an unconstitutional constitutional revision shall take place, entailing both procedural unconstitutionality and subject-matter unconstitutionality.

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“Vote Yes for a Safe Italy” or “Vote No to Defend the Constitution”: Italian Constitutional Politics between Majoritarianism and Civil Resistance

by Paul Blokker

‘In order to obtain a united Europe against terrorism, we need a strong country, with a Constitution that gives stability’. In this way, Maria Elena Boschi, the Italian Minister for Constitutional Reform, recently justified the pending comprehensive reform of the Italian Constitution of 1948. Boschi’s ambiguous observation – suggesting that a vote against the constitutional reform project in the upcoming referendum in October leaves Italy more vulnerable in the face of terrorism – is part of an intense public debate in Italy.

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Decision of the Swiss on the Initiative for the enforcement of the Constitution

by Thomas Fleiner

On June 5, the sovereign decided on five different issues with a turnout of 46%. The sovereign had to decide on three constitutional proposals, which need an approval of the majority of the voters and of the cantons. The voters and all cantons refused all three popular initiatives with some 23% to 32% against a majority of 67.6% to 76.9%. The voters of the people’s majority decided also on too legislative referenda against the law on asylum and against the law on reproduction.

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