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IACL World Congress, Mexico
Workshop 14

The principle of separation of powers reviewed

Papers may deal with one or more of the following, indicative series of questions:

The meaning accorded to the principle of separation of powers, including questions related to justification/ philosophical foundations, transformations throughout history, the understanding as “separation” or “checks and balances”.

 Different designs of the “principle” and their strength and problems, including

  • Vertical separation of powers between the constituent power and the constituted powers
  • Horizontal separation of powers between constituted powers including the relationship between Parliament and the Executive, Parliament and/or the Executive and the Judiciary (judicial review), different bodies within a bi- or multi-cameral parliamentary system, different bodies within the Executive branches of government, different branches of the Judiciary (constitutional vs. “ordinary”), etc., and
  • Territorial separation of powers between the Federation/Central state and sub-national entities (states, regions, municipalities …)

Questions mainly regarding multi-level government regarding the relationship between Nation-states and institutions based upon international public law (the United Nations, the European Union, the European Court of Human Rights, etc.) will not be accepted.

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Workshop chairs:

Within our three-fold partnership, Charles Manga FOMBAD has a particular responsibility for papers written in English, Antonio María HERNANDEZ for those written in Spanish and Eivind SMITH for those written in French.  See biographies of the chairs.   

Please address all queries in the first instance to Professor Eivind Smith.