Constitutional History: Comparative Perspectives
Sponsored by: University of Illinois College of Law, University of Bologna School of Law, Center for Constitutional Studies and Democratic Development, Accademia delle Scienze dell’Istituto di Bologna
Accompanying the spread of constitutional government around the world has been a profound interest in the comparative aspects of constitutional law. Scholars have catalogued the differing features of national constitutions and examined how different constitutional systems resolve common legal issues. So, too, judges faced with legal questions have sought guidance in the decisions of constitutional courts of other nations. While comparative constitutional law is therefore a well-established field, less attention has been paid so far to the comparative dimensions of constitutional history. The Illinois-Bologna Conference aims to address that shortcoming by energizing the study and analysis of constitutional history from comparative perspectives.
The third Annual Illinois-Bologna Conference on Constitutional History: Comparative Perspectives will be held in Bologna, Italy, on November 13 and 14, 2017. The conference keynote speaker will be Giuliano Amato, Judge of the Constitutional Court of Italy, former Prime Minister of Italy, and Professor Emeritus of the European University Institute and the University La Sapienza. Scholars interested in presenting a paper at the conference should e-mail a title and summary of the proposed paper along with a CV to Professor Jason Mazzone. Proposals received by July 1, 2017, will receive priority. After that date, submitted proposals will be considered only if space remains. Conference participants are responsible for their own travel and accommodation expenses.
The first Illinois-Bologna Conference was held in Bologna, Italy, on October 6 and 7, 2014. The conference keynote speaker was Daphne Barak-Erez, Justice of the Supreme Court of Israel.
The second Illinois-Bologna Conference was held in Chicago, Illinois, on April 12 and 13, 2016. The conference keynote speaker was Rosalie Silberman Abella, Justice of the Supreme Court of Canada.
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