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

A conference in Brazil related to the 30th anniversary of the Brazilian state constitutions will be held in September 2019 at the Universidade Católica de Pernambuco.

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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