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.

 Focus

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.

Publications

Events

ConState: 30 Years of State Constitutions in Brazil

An event to think about the challenges of Brazilian federalism and the capacity for innovation, governance and possibilities of a legal framework capable of solving the problems of effectiveness rights at the state level. Therefore, we have created the ConState in order to improve the debate on the Brazilian state constitutional law. ConState is a junction of the word “Constitution” and “State” that, at the same time, is a Portuguese verb (“constatar”) and it means the action of observing, ascertaining, investigating and verifying. These are typical actions of academic researchers. So, ConState is a place to build thoughts on the challenges and current perspectives of state constitutions in the context of Brazilian federalism. The Brazilian Center for State Constitutional Studies (ConState) will hold its first conference, the Constate 2019, and it will take place in Recife, Pernambuco, Brazil, from September 4th to 6th. It is an organization by The Catholic University of Pernambuco in partnership with The Legislative Branch of The State of Pernambuco.

Further details here: https://constate.org/

Convenors :

  • Prof. Patricia Popelier
    University of Antwerp, Belgium
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  • http://www.uantwerpen.be/patricia-popelier

Co-Convenor

  • Dr Giacomo Delledonne
    SantAnna School of Advanced Studies, Pisa
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  • Nicholas Aroney
    University of Queensland
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