IACL Research Groups
Subnational Constitutions in Federal and Quasi-Federal Constitutional States
This research group will provide a forum for the analytical and comparative study of existing and developing subnational constitutions and constitution-like documents in component units.
This research group will provide a forum for the analytical and comparative study of existing and developing subnational constitutions and constitution-like documents in component units. Emerging questions include:
- what counts as a “constitution”;
- how such constitutions differ from federal constitutions and each other;
- how federal constitutions define the space allocated for subnational constitutions (constitutional competency) and methods of policing boundaries;
- how subnational units have developed and changed their subnational constitutions;
- whether, and why, component units have or have not utilized their constitutional competency;
- what techniques of subnational constitutional judicial interpretation are used by national or subnational courts.
Challenging areas of interest also include analysis, comparison and preliminary evaluation of methods of replacing, revising, or amending subnational constitutions; constitutional politics at the subnational level; rights protections beyond those in the federal constitution; and processes of interpreting and enforcing subnational constitutions. The Research Group will encourage, support and make available the newly-developing literature and expertise of scholars and practitioners in subnational constitutional law. The Research Group will act as a clearinghouse for individuals and organizations interested in subnational constitutions and, hopefully, organize meetings to explore mutual interests.
- The session at the World Congress in Oslo in June 2014 has led to a publication in Perspectives on Federalism:
http://www.on-federalism.eu/index.php/archives (issue No. 2/2014).
- Another special issue of Perspectives on Federalism, entirely devoted to subnational constitutional politics, has been published online:
The Institute of Federalism, University of Fribourg Switzerland, is organising the Practitioner’s Course on Subnational Governance from 24 August to 4 September 2015.
The two week course is intended for officials and professionals working in administrations or parliaments of subnational units as provinces, states or regions. The course provides practitioners from around the world with the unique opportunity to deepen their understandings on issues related to empowering subnational units. The programme also equips participants with tools and methods, which support them to address problems they confront in their professional activities.
The application window is now open until 6 April 2015.
More information and contact details can be found in the attachment and on our homepage: http://www.unifr.ch/ius/federalism_en/capacity_building/practitioners_course.
- Robert Williams’ report on the workshop on Subnational Constitutions in Federal Constitutional States, held at the VIIth World Congress in Athens in 2007
Download the report
View the photos of the workshop
- September 2012 report
Download the September 2012 Report
Prof. Patricia Popelier
University of Antwerp, Belgium
Dr Giacomo Delledonne
SantAnna School of Advanced Studies, Pisa