IACL Round Table: 13 - 14 November 2015Athens, Greece
The next IACL Roundtable will be in Athens on 13-14 November 2015, under the auspices of the Speaker of the Greek Parliament, Ms Zoe Konstantopoulou.
Institutional Affiliation: The host will be the Greek Parliament, whereas the scientific coordination will be ensured by the Greek Association of Constitutionalists and the European Public Law Organization.
Conveners: The Conveners of the Roundtable will be Professor George Katrougalos, Democritus University, with Professor Kostas Mavrias, University of Athens and President of the Scientific Council of the Parliament and Spyros Flogaitis, University of Athens and President of the European Public Law Organization.
Venue: The historical Senate Hall of the Parliament for the Roundtable (the IACL Executive Committee meeting will be in one of the smaller rooms of the Parliament).
Theme: “The sovereign debt revisited by the Constitutional and International Law”. The focus will be on the interplay between Constitutional and International Law, focusing on issues involving Human Rights protection and threats to democratic sovereignty. Issues to be addressed, are, indicatively:
These analyses should focus on approaches to responding to economic crisis and duress, involving action at both national and transnational levels.
The Roundtable will have the following sessions:
IACL Round Table: 28 - 29 May 2015Johannesburg, South Africa
ConvenerSouth African Institute for Advanced Constitutional, Public, Human Rights and International Law (SAIFAC)
OrganisersThe Executive Committee of the International Association of Constitutional Law (IACL) in collaboration with the South African Institute for Advanced Constitutional, Public, Human Rights and International Law (SAIFAC), a centre of the University of Johannesburg, South Africa.
Venue28 May: Constitutional Court Auditorium, Constitution Hill, Braamfontein29 May: Council Chamber, Madibeng Building, Auckland Park Campus, University of Johannesburg
TimesThursday 28 May 2015, 09:00 – 17:30Friday 29 May 2015, 09:00 – 13:15
IntroductionThe doctrine of the separation of powers has undergone significant changes in recent years. In particular, the role of courts has been evolving with the weakness of political institutions, the inclusion of socio-economic rights in modern constitutions and the development of a range of independent institutions such as human rights commissions and public protectors. Whilst the doctrine has undergone some shift in the Global North, arguably, however, it requires some significant re-conceptualisation in the countries of the Global South.
The South African Institute for Advanced Constitutional, Public, Human Rights and International Law (a Centre of the University of Johannesburg) together with the support of the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung is proud to be hosting a conference that will seek to engage with how the separation of powers should be conceived in the 21st Century, with a particular emphasis on the Global South.
The conference will be an official round-table of the International Association of Constitutional Law and we have already confirmed some of the top constitutionalists in the world including, Prof Vicki Jackson (Harvard University), Prof Manuel Cepeda (Universidad de los Andes and formerly Constitutional Court of Colombia), Prof Adrienne Stone (University of Melbourne), Prof Mahendra Singh (National Law University, Delhi), Prof Virgilio Alfonso Da Silva (University of Sao Paolo, Brazil) and many others.
ContactThe conference is open to scholars with interests in the area (and subject to room size limitations). Please contact Morgan Buntting, at
Practical questions for speakers and members of the IACL Executive Committee (and foreign visitors in general)
IACL Round Table: 21 – 22 November 2014Faculty of Law, University of Bucharest, Romania
ConvenerCentre for Constitutional Law and Political Institutions:
OrganisersThe Executive Committee of the International Association of Constitutional Law (IACL) in collaboration with the Faculty of Law, University of Bucharest, Romania
VenueStoicescu Hall – Faculty of Law – University of Bucharest
Friday 21 November 2014 09:00 – 17:00Saturday 22 November 2014 09:30 – 12:00
IntroductionThe financial power of the state has always been embedded with political power, although traditionally constitutions do not quite reveal it. However, budget law has been the cornerstone of the advent of the liberal state since the late eighteenth century, particularly through rules on the democratic control and transparency of public finances. Some of these rules have managed to penetrate constitutions from the beginning, in the form of procedural standards for parliamentary oversight of public funds or the necessary balance between revenue and expenditure. Nevertheless, the twentieth century saw a real transfiguration of the public financial system of the state under the impact of several major economic crises and responses made to them, particularly in terms of economic theory. Their influence on the legal aspect of public finances was non-negligible. At constitutional level that resulted, among others, in the addition of substantive rules regarding the management of public finances and the normative imposition of a specific idea of budgetary discipline, among others through the elevation of the (initially economic) concept of balanced budget to the level of a legal principle.
In fact, the legal concept of balanced budget became fashionable again especially with the financial and global economic crisis that started in 2008 and whose effects are far from finished. Many aspects of this crisis have already been subject of thorough analysis: from the European fiscal governance and legal challenges it poses to the States, through the impact of fiscal austerity on local autonomy or the protection of fundamental rights, and to the role of independent fiscal institutions in restoring the sustainability of public debt. Public law, particularly the Constitution meant as framework and limit for the power of the state, has never been more fashionable.
ContactThe conference is open to scholars with interests in the area (and subject to room size limitations). Please contact Dragos Troanta, at
World Congress: 16 - 20 June 2014Oslo, Norway
The IACL holds a World Congress every 3-4 years. The IXth Congress will take place in Oslo from 16 to 20 June 2014 and is organised by the Department of Public Law at the University of Oslo in collaboration with the Executive Committee of the IACL. The venue for the Congress is the historic Main Building of the University of Oslo, which is in the centre of the city.
The Congress will take place just one month after the 200th anniversary of the Norwegian Constitution which today stands as the second-oldest written Constitution in the world. It is expected that between 300 and 500 participants will attend the Congress, from all regions of the world.
The working languages of the Congress are French and English and simultaneous translation will be provided in plenary sessions.
The IACL uses two principal formats for the scholarly programme of a World Congress: plenary sessions and workshops. Plenary sessions are open to all participants while workshops are smaller and discussion-based. There will be four plenary sessions in this Congress, each of which lasts for 3½ hours.
CALL FOR NOMINATIONS 2013
Call for Nominations to the IACL Executive Committee
IACL Round Table: 6 - 7 March 2014Harvard Law School, Boston, USA
OrganisersThe Executive Committee of the International Association of Constitutional Law (IACL) in collaboration with the IACL Research Group on ‘Constitutional Responses to Terrorism’
VenueHarvard Law School, Boston, USA
Times Thursday 6 March 2013 13:30 – 17:30Friday 7 March 2013 09:00 – 17:00
IntroductionThe phenomenon of “global terrorism” has spawned the phenomenon of “global counter-terrorism.” During the last two decades the struggle against terrorism has increasingly acquired a transnational dimension, complicating the domestic constitutional questions faced by state actors. States have pooled their forces by coordinating counter-terrorism policies, through bilateral and multilateral agreements, under the framework of UN Security Council mandates, and through international and regional institutions. At the same time, states have resorted to transnational instruments of cooperation, for instance by sharing information on national security threats on a peer-to-peer basis. Recent disclosures about international surveillance by the United States’ National Security Agency (NSA) and the United Kingdom’s GCHQ have sparked a global debate about transnational surveillance and counter-terrorism.
This Roundtable will deal with many complications of the increasingly transnational discourses and actions involving counter-terrorism.
Download program in PDF format
Contact The conference is open to scholars with interests in the area (and subject to room size limitations). Please contact Carol Bateson, at
IACL Round Table: 18 - 19 October 2013Florence, Italy
While distinguishing for the first time in history the realm of politics from those of morals and religion, Niccolò Machiavelli is worldwide believed as having founded modern political science. However, his merits today go beyond this traditional account, to the extent that his writings raise the crucial issue of how political power might be conceived in democratic contexts. Recent academic debates demonstrate both the importance and the controversies affecting Machiavelli’s writings, not only due to the differences between ‘The Discourses’ and ‘The Prince’, but also because of the question of his contribution to the emergence of republicanism. Hence derive the role and relevance of Machiavelli’s thinking in contemporary constitutional law developments, including those related to globalisation and international relations.
The International Association of Constitutional Law (IACL) has decided to dedicate one of its Round Table Conferences in 2013 to a discussion on the relevance of Machiavelli for constitutionalism today. The event will be organized in Florence on 18-19 October 2013 to commemorate the 500th anniversary of the writing of ‘The Prince’.
The event is fully booked and no more participants can be accommodated (7 October 2013).
IACL Round Table: 14 - 16 April 2013Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Constitutionalism and Economic Crisis: National and Transnational Economic Regulation and Social Rights in the 21st Century
The conference is co-organised by the Social Rights Group of the International Association of Constitutional Law (IACL). The main goal of this Group (funded by a grant of Ford Foundation) is to develop a network and a forum for constitutionalists interested in social rights from countries throughout the world, with a double objective: First, to promote research and awareness on economic and social rights among international and constitutional law professionals. Second, to advocate for the full implementation of social rights, with a focus to the adoption of the Optional Protocol (ICESCR-OP) to the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights.The Group operates a blog, which presents its activities and hosts a comparative Case Law “library” of representative judgments of Constitutional Courts of various jurisdictions. It comprises two regional networks, an African and a South American one, which have so far organised two workshops, one in Lagos, Nigeria, and another in San Juan, Argentina.
Constitutionalism and Economic Crisis: National and Transnational
Economic Regulation and Social Rights
in the 21st Century
IACL Round Table: 9 November 2012New York City, United States of America
The next IACL round table will take place at Columbia Law School in New York City on 9 November 2012, preceded by an Executive Committee meeting on the 8th. The round table is organised in honour of Prof Louis Henkin, eminent constitutionalist and inspiring figure of the IACL.
Please find attached the programme, including detailed information on venues and transport, for the upcoming New York round table and Executive Committee meetings
Please contact Columbia University:
Margaret SymuleskiColumbia Law SchoolAssistant to the Academic Fellows ProgramTel: (212) 854-0594Fax: (212) 854-7946, Attn: MargaretEmail:
Please contact the IACL:
Registration is free, on a space available basis, with priority for Members of the IACL Executive Committee, IACL members and Columbia University Law Faculty .
IACL Round Table: 4 - 5 May 2012Belgrade, Serbia
(in association with the Serbian Association of Constitutional Law)
The IACL was founded in Belgrade in September 1981. The three decades of the existence of the IACL coincide with fundamental changes in the theory and practice of constitutional democracies worldwide, thus providing an appropriate basis for critically reviewing the changes that have taken place in the last thirty years, as well as for identifying future developments. This Roundtable will confront developments that directly challenge some of the basic tenets of constitutional democracy, such as its nation-state nature, the sovereignty capacity, and the scope and effectiveness of the rule-of-law performance. A considerable change in understanding constitutional law as well as in teaching constitutional law will be also discussed.
Workshop on Intercultural Democracy: 29 - 30 March 2012Marrakech, Morocco
Organized by the Moroccan Association of Constitutional Law, the Venice Commission of the Council of Europe, the International Association of Constitutional Law and the Constitutional Council of the Kingdom of Morocco (in collaboration with the Hanns Seidel Foundation of Germany).
IACL Round Table: 23 - 27 October 2011Xi’an, China
IACL Round Table: 28 - 29 April 2011Istanbul, Turkey
Haydarpasa Campus of the University of Marmara, Istanbul
VIIIth World Congress: 6 - 10 December 2010Mexico City
IACL Round Table: 25 - 26 April 2010Jerusalem, Israel
(in collbaoration with Harry and Michael Sacher Institute for Legislative Research and Comparative Law)
IACL Round Table: 19 - 21 November 2009Seoul, Korea
National Assembly of the Republic of Korea* (members office building)
IACL/ABCD Round Table: 23 - 25 August 2009Porto de Galinhas, Brazil
The choice of the topic reveals itself important given its nature and the problems it involves in Latin America, where Democracy as well as Constitutionalism may not be read in a linear perspective, merely evolutive, where experience proves that the mistakes are formed with wrongly chosen corrections of routes.
IACL/constitutional law Group UK Conference: 14 - 15 November 2008Porto de Galinhas, Brazil
We shall explore the impacts on constitutional arrangements of the development over the last thirty years or so of a ‘regulatory state’ in the UK and other Western countries, and in EU law. Processes of privatisation and regulation which have given rise to this state raise important issues to do with public, political, legal and other forms of accountability (e.g. audit) of industries and regulators, and issues of governance and good governance. The speakers will consider the constitutional implications of these arrangements generally and in particular countries, and will make comparisons between jurisdictions.
IACL Conference: 16 - 17 May 2008Andorra
The main question to be answered is therefore the following: “Is it possible to set aside a constitutional provision in favour of a principle which flows from an international agreement?”.
IACL Round Table: 22 - 24 November 2007Yokohama, Japan
In commemoration of the 60th anniversary of the Constitution of Japan
VIIth World Congress: 11 - 15 June 2007Zappeion Megaron, Athens, Greece
(held under the auspices of the International Constitutional Law Association (ICLA) and the Association of Greek Constitutionalists)
IACL Round Table: 23 - 24 March 2007Ravenna, Italy
Venue: The Faculty of Law of the Ravenna campus of the University of Bologna - Via Oberdan, 1
IACL Round Table: 14 - 16 September 2006Helsinki, Finland
(in commemoration of the 100th anniversary of universal suffrage and eligibility of women in Finland and to mark the 25th anniversary of the IACL)
IACL Round Table: 9 - 11 April 2006Cape Town, South Africa
The Cape Town roundtable conference aims to use South Africa as a focal point for addressing this broad question. It is organised around three themes: past political violence, ethnic minorities and poverty alleviation. Each of these themes was chosen for its importance to South Africa’s transition and post-transitional challenges. But they also resonate with the experience of many other countries which participated in the third wave of constitutionalism.
IACL Round Table: 2 - 4 November 2005Berlin, Germany
(in collaboration with the European Constitutional Law Network - ECLN)
IACL Round Table: 24 - 25 June 2005Cordoba, Argentina
This Round Table, on Constitutionalism in Times of Emergency, is organised under the auspices of the Argentine Association of Constitutional Law and the International Association of Constitutional Law. The program has a focus on a range of different kinds of emergency that affect the constitutional order: economic, social, environmental and political including, importantly the impact of terrorism.
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