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IACL World Congress, Mexico  
Workshop 8: Federalism as a constitutional principle

This workshop is open to papers dealing with a wide range of questions about federalism and federal systems, focusing on or related in some way to the general question of constitutional principle.  Exemplary questions include the following:  

  • Is federalism a constitutional principle? If so,what is the content of the principle? How does it compare to other constitutional principles?  Or is federalism better conceived as an instrumental tool, used in compromises among different peoples or groups? 
  • What is the relationship between federalism and constitutionalism as principles?
  • What is the relationship between federalism and democracy?
  • If federalism is a constitutional principle, is it a principle of limitation, of empowerment, and/or of rights?
  • Are there “rights” that individuals have by virtue of constitutional principles of federalism?
  • Are there implications for constitutional development where, for example, a “federal” form is used in international or supranational governance? 
  • Can federal systems learn from each other’s experiences? If so, what? if not, why not?
  • What is the role of constitutional courts in enforcing or monitoring federalism-related principles or limitations? How does that role compare to judicial enforcement or monitoring of other constitutional principles or provisions

Chairs:
Olivier Beaud [This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.]; José Ma. Serna [This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.]; Vicki C Jackson [This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.]

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