Constitutional Change Conference 2020

January 1718, 2020

Concurrent Sessions


Concurrent Sessions I | Concurrent Sessions II | Concurrent Sessions III | Concurrent Sessions IV


Concurrent Sessions I

Rhetoric, Interpretation, and Constitutional Identity

  • Eva Yvonne van Vugt and Maarten Stremler
    — Constitutional Change Through Political Discourse
  • Octaviano Padovese de Arruda
    — The Politics of Constitutional Interpretation: “Nomos” and Rhetoric in the Age of Constitutional Change
  • Pedro Caminos
    — Constitutional Law as Juristenrecht
  • Lawrence David
    — The Two-Output Model of Judicial Review and Constitutional Stare Decisis at the Supreme Court of Canada
  • Oren Tamir
    — Demystifing Norms (and What to Do with Them)
  • Chair: Fruzsina Gardos-Orosz

Strong Executives: From Presidentialist to Authoritarian

  • Akif Togel
    — Constitutional Change in Turkey: Is a New Amendment Necessary?
  • David M. Driesen
    — The Unitary Executive in Comparative Context
  • Juliano Zaiden Benvindo
    — Multiparty Coalitional Presidentialism and the Paradoxes of Constitutional Change
  • Mohamed ‘Arafa
    — Constitutions in a Unconstitutional World: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
  • Benjamin Alemparte
    — Institutional Capture of Constitution-Making Processes: Chile’s Constitutional Failure as a Case Study
  • Chair: Yaniv Roznai

The Theory of Constitutional Change

  • Renato Saeger Magalhaes Costa
    — Legitimacy and Constitutional Change in Karl Loewenstein`s Ontological Classification of Constitutions
  • Mikolaj Barczentewicz
    — What are constituent powers and amendment powers? The Hartian answer
  • Keigo Komamura
    — August Revolution, February Coup d’Etat, and November Revolution – How to Theorize the Legitimacy of the Postwar ‘Imposed’ Constitution of Japan
  • Tokujin Matsudaira
    — Reception of Carl Schmitt in the East Asia
  • Monika Polzin
    — Maurice Hauriou – The Almost Forgotten French Theorist on Unconstitutional Constitutional Amendments
  • Rivka Weill
    — From Earl Grey to Boris Johnson: Brexit and the Anglo-American Constitutional Model
  • Chair: Oran Doyle

Temporal Aspects of Constitutional Change

  • Shamshad Pasarlay
    — Political Short-Termism and Constitution-Making Processes in Afghanistan
  • Gonzalo Ramirez
    — The Methodology of the Substitution Doctrine in Colombia
  • Zsolt Szabó
    — Constitution Making in Hungary Between 1989-2019: Missed Constitutional Momentums, Struggles Between State Powers
  • Eleonora Bottini
    — Modernizing Constitutions: A Comparative Analysis of Justifications for Constitutional Reforms
  • Chair: Cody Vaughn

Issues in American Constitutionalism

  • Mark A. Graber
    — The Constitution of the Civil Rights Act of 1871/1875
  • Eric Segall
    — The Inevitability of Judicially Created Constitutional Change in the United States Based on Values not Law
  • David Orentlicher
    — Supreme Court Decision-Making: Learning from Other Countries and the U.S. Jury
  • Yuvraj Joshi
    — Racial Transition
  • Joel Goldstein
    — The Varied Paths of American Constitutional Change: The Case of Presidential Succession and Inability
  • Chair: H. W. Perry, Jr.

Constrained Courts

  • Rafaela Teixeira Sena Neves
    — The Institutional Rules that Impact on the Interpretation of the Supreme Courts: A Comparative Analysis Among Argentina, Brazil, and Mexico
  • Ignatius Yordan Nugraha
    — The Indonesian “LGBT” Case: A Commentary on Expressivist Reasoning and Constitutional Change through Judicial Reinterpretation
  • Maria Lorena Gonzalez Tocci
    — The Role and Influence of Precedent in Constitutional Decision Making: A Perspective View From the Argentinean Case Law
  • Gürkan Çapar
    — A Recipe for Conflicts of Competence: Balancing Unconstitutional Constitutional Amendments
  • Thales Alessandro Dias Pereira
    — Dissent and Constitutional Jurisdiction: An Analysis of the Argumentative Evolution in ADFP 54, DAU 5581 and ADFP 442
  • Chair: Joseph Cozza

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Concurrent Sessions II

Topics in Constitutional Interpretation

  • Howard Schweber
    — The Hermeneutics of Constitutional Amendments
  • Michael Glenn Ditmore
    — Planned Expiration, Amendment, Judicial Review, and … Redaction?: Textual Considerations of the United States Constitution’s Printedness (and Not)
  • Enrico Andreoli
    — Scholarly Interpretation as a Form of Constitutional Amendment: The United States Supreme Court
  • Harun Iseric
    — Continental Judicial interpretation of Anglo-Saxon Constitution: The Case of Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Chair: Corey Herndon

Constitutional Evolution of Rights

  • Gonzalo Moreno
    — Measuring Constitutional Evolution and Change: Comparative Quantitative Results
  • Hafiz Ghulam Abbas
    — Amendments
  • Bernardo Ignacio Pulido Marquez
    — Open Constitutional Clauses Recognizing Rights Beyond the Constitution: A Comparative Analysis of Clauses in the Latin-American Constitutions Expanding Rights Catalogs
  • Alicia Stone
    — Right or No Right: Enforceability of Opening Sections of Bills of Rights in Commonwealth Caribbean Constitutions
  • Clare O’Hare
    — The Other Side of the Marriage Debate: Views from Across the Atlantic on the Constitutional Definition of Marriage – Secular or Religious?
  • Chair: Lauren Fielder

The Politics of Constitutional Change

  • Gordon P. DiGiacomo
    — Opening the Canadian Constitution:  Breathing New Life Into the Federation?  Not Likely
  • Jurgen Goossens
    — Popular Constitution-Making: Constitutional Design of Secondary Constituent Powers
  • Leiv Marsteintredet
    — The Constitutions of the Dominican Republic: Between aspirations and realities
  • Giovanni Piccirilli and Nicola Lupo
    — Political Choices shaping the Italian “Multi-Track” Procedure for Constitutional Amendments
  • Andrea Pozas-Loyo and Camilo Saavedra-Herrera
    — One Hundred Years Interpreting the Ship of Theseus: Constitutional Hyper-reformism in the Mexican Supreme Court (1917-2017)
  • Chair: Richard Albert

Transnational Constitutionalism

  • Eleonora Ceccherini
    — Internationalization of Constitutions: A Shift in Modern Constitutionalism
  • Vijayashri Sripati
    — Global Power through Constitution-Promotion: United Nations Constitutional Assistance (1949-2019)
  • Ilana Rothkopf
    — Domestic Constitutional Courts and the International Court of Justice 1946-2012 : Islamic Law States
  • Atagun Mert Kejanlioglu
    — International Human Rights Against Abusive Constitutional Change: A Solution Or A Dead End?
  • Wim Voermans
    — Constitutional families and lookalikes? Convergence in Modern National Constitutions
  • Chair: William Stutts

Constituent Power, Legitimacy, and Procedures

  • Joshua Braver
    — Legalizing Revolution: The American State Doctrine of Constitution-Making
  • Domingo Lovera-Parmo and Pablo Contreras
    — A constituted constituent power? Chile’s failure to replace Pinochet’s constitution
  • Jeffrey A. Lenowitz and Caleb Yong
    — Extraordinary Constitution-Making and Populism: Shared Foundations, Shared Faults
  • Jorge M. Farinacci-Fernós
    — The Constitution is Dead, Long Live the Constitution
  • Guilherme Sena de Assunção
    — Reason and Will: The Transition from Rational-Legal Legitimacy to Judicial Populism
  • Chair: Sarah Guimaraes

Wealth, Power, and Constitutionalism

  • Ramon de Jesus Jorge Taveras
    — Social Constitutionalism and Labor Law Reform in the Dominican Republic
  • Antonio Maues
    — Constitutional Change and Distributive Conflict: The Case of Brazil
  • Ana Carolina Couto Pereira Pinto Barbosa
    — Capital, Authoritarianism and Democracy: The Role of Brazilian Bankers in the Constitutional Changing Process of 1987-88
  • Masahiko Kinoshita
    — Constitutional Economic Design for Making Democracy: Case Study of Japanese Economic Reform after World War II
  • Tladi Marumo
    — South Africa’s Nkala Class Settlement: Contractualized Constitutional Justice
  • Chair: Gowthaman Ranganathan


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Concurrent Sessions III

Post-Conflict Constitution-Making

  • Tarik Olcay and Asli Ozcelik
    — Constitutional Duty and Aspiration: Balancing Peace and the Rule of Law in the Shadow of Violence
  • Onur Bakiner
    — Peace-Making as Constitution-Making: The Case of Colombia`s Peace Agreement (2016)
  • John Morison
    — Bringing Together Constitutional Traditions in Ireland, North and South after Brexit?
  • Fruzsina Gardos-Orosz and Zoltán Szente
    — Constitution-Making Processes in Europe since the Second World War
  • Mohammad Bashir Mobasher
    — Centrifugal Practices and Centripetal Tendencies: An Overview of Political Practices, Ideals & Laws in Afghanistan
  • Chair: Ashley McIlvain Moran

Transformative Constitutionalism

  • Nikhil Purohit and Aditya Prasanna Bhattacharya
    — Viewing the ‘Basic Structure’ Doctrine as an instance of Transformative Constitutionalism: A Comparative Study between the Global North & the Global South
  • Konstantinos Stratilatis and Papastylianos Christos
    — External Unamendability and Judicial Amendability in Cyprus
  • Nihad Odobasic
    — Reformist Role of Foreign Judges on Constitutional courts: Case of Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Rebecca Groterhorst
    — The Implementation of Transformative Decisions in Latin America: Rethinking the Role of Constitutional Courts
  • Neliana Rodean
    — Constitutional Transplants in Romania: From a “Belgian” to a “French” Constitution
  • Chair: Daniel M. Brinks

Egalitarianism Across Subject Matter

  • Christopher Rowe
    — Insular Constitutionalism: 10 Years of the UK Supreme Court
  • Athanasios (Akis) Psygkas
    — Extraordinary Statutes: The Constitution of Health Care in Three Tales
  • Fahad Alzumai
    — Constitutional Courts in the Arab World and Freedom of Expression: A Defender or Suppressor?
  • Maricel Judith Asar
    — Reinterpreting the Principle of Separation of Powers in Pursuit of an Egalitarian Constitutionalism
  • Ilhyung Lee
    — Comparative Perspectives on Offensive Trademarks
  • Chair: Ana Beatriz Vanzoff Robalinho Cavalcanti

Local Government, Territoriality, and Constitutionalism

  • Sumit Sonkar
    — Contesting an Uncontested Issue: Demystifying Powers of Panchayats after 73rd Amendment
  • Gjyljeta Mushkolaj
    — Constitutional Design of Local Government and the Right of Municipalities to Freedom of Association: The Case of Kosovo
  • Wade Wright
    — Canadian Federalism’s Underlying Question: What It Is and Why It Matters
  • Oran Doyle
    — Territory, Constitution-Making, Constitutional Space, and Constituent Power
  • Brice Dickson
    — The Impact of Devolution and Brexit on the UK’s Unwritten Constitution
  • Zoran Oklopcic
    — Federalism, Democracy, and the ‘uncanny valley’ of Canadian Constitutionalism
  • Chair: Anna Fruhstorfer

Ineffectual Constitutions

  • Tinashe Calton Chigwata
    — The 2013 Constitution of Zimbabwe: A Failed Constitutional Reform Process?
  • Andres Fernando Mejia Restrepo
    — Excessive Use of Constitutional Reform in Colombia
  • Tajudeen Sanni
    — Neopatrimoialism and Rule of Law in Nigerian and Ugan Constitutional Paradigms
  • Humberto Briceno
    — Constitutional Paradox Venezuela
  • Rafael Macía Briedis
    — Constitutional Self-Negation in Venezuela: A Case-Study of Constituent Power in Action
  • Chair: Ana Bobic

Constitutionalism and Justice

  • Beverley Baines and Jenna Sapiano
    — A Gender Analysis of the Canadian Proportionality Doctrine
  • Luna Borges Pereira Santos
    — Zika Virus, Public Health, and Abortion in Brazil: Constitutional Interpretation through a Reproductive Justice Framework
  • Shireen Morris
    — A First Nations Voice in the Australian Constitution: Lessons from New Zealand and Canada
  • Mohit Panchal
    — Constitutional Change and Group Rights: A Perspective from India
  • Prabhpreet Singh
    — Constitutionalism: A Perspective of Dignity
  • Chair: Jurgen Goossens


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Concurrent Sessions IV

Legitimacy, Public Participation, and Process

  • Joseph Cozza
    — Trust the Process: Procedural Legitimacy and Democratic Decision-Making in Constitutional Change
  • Derek O’Brien
    — Participatory Democracy and Post-Colonial Constitution-Making in the Commonwealth Caribbean
  • Tofigh Maboudi
    — Participation, Inclusion, and the Democratic Content of Constitutions
  • Marny A. Requa
    — Contested Governance: Constitution Change and Abortion Law in Chile and Ireland
  • Fabio Pacini
    — Securing “Functional” Legal Eternity in Italy and Germany: Electoral Legislation and Free Parliamentary Mandate
  • Carol Howells
    — Referendums as a Driver for Constitutional Change: Crisis, Change and Democracy: The UK Experience
  • Chair:  Cody Lee Vaughn

Uncodified Rules, Norms, and Values

  • Eugenio Velasco Ibarra
    — Mexico`s Other Constitutional Transformation: A Legal Analysis of the Political Constitution
  • Thomas McMorrow
    — Denying and Reckoning with Implicit Law
  • Jalila Jefferson-Bullock
    — The Myth of Good Character and the Politics of Perception
  • Stefanus Hendrianto
    — Amending Constitutional Soul:  A Legal Philosophical Investigation
  • Chair: Corey Herndon

Anti-Democratic and Illiberal Movements

  • Pablo Raúl García Reyes
    — Non-Regression and Unconstitutional Amendments in the Mexican Constitution
  • Ana Beatriz Vanzoff Robalinho Cavalcanti
    — Then and Now: Constitutional Courts in Times of Democratic Transitions and Crises
  • Pieter Van Malleghem
    — Constitutionalization as a Symbolic Practice: Reflections on EU Constitutionalism
  • Anna Fruhstorfer
    — Autocratic Stability and Constitutional Politics
  • Hedayat Heikal
    — The Authoritarian Turn: Four Problems for Comparative Constitutional Law
  • Chair: Paz Avila

Controversies in Judicial Review

  • Manoj Mate
    — Revolutionary Constitutional Entrenchment and Judicial Review
  • Mario Alberto Cajas Sarria
    — Defending the Judiciary?: Judicial Review of Constitutional Amendments on the Judiciary in Colombia
  • Younsik Kim
    — The Role of the Constitutional Court on the Front Line between Law and Politics: Lessons from Two Impeachment Cases in Korea
  • Simon Drugda
    — Reflections on Constitutional Unamendability: View from the 2019 Selection Hearings for Slovak Constitutional Court Judges
  • Ana Bobic
    — Theorising the Principle of Solidarity in the EU’s Economic Constitution
  • Chair: Howard Schweber

Constitutional Struggle

  • Cho Kiu Chiang
    — Chaotic Constitution Unmaking and Making by Force and Arms: The Case of Hong Kong
  • Michael Wasco
    — Policing in a Democratic Constitution
  • Minh Tuan Dang
    — Towards a Constitutional Democracy in Vietnam: An Analysis of the Constitutional Amendment of 2013
  • Eman Muhammad Rashwan
    — Revolutionary and Constitutional Legitimacy, Borderlines and Practical Implications (Case Study of Egypt and Tunisia after the 2011 Revolutions)
  • Danielle C. Jefferis
    — The Civil Detention Fallacy
  • Chair: Alejandro Dermody-McKeen

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