Focus

Constitutions are broadly worded documents, leaving ample room for interpretation. To determine the meaning of a constitution is, therefore, an evident and unavoidable task in every constitutional polity, irrespective of the ways in which the legislature or the courts perform it. However, there are many possible methods of legal interpretation without any consensus on which way is the best or most effective. Thus, a number of theories have emerged on the preferred method of constitutional interpretation, raising many theoretical and practical issues. The great bulk of relevant academic literature itself proves the importance of this theme in the living constitutional law.

The IACL Research Group on Constitutional Interpretation provides an effective framework for new directions in and the promotion of international projects for studying this topic. The Group is a useful tool for maintaining the research network of scholars whose fields of interest are closely connected to constitutional interpretation.

The activities of the Group covers the organisation of conferences and seminars on the topic, the international research projects on constitutional interpretation and the jurisprudence of constitutional courts, the participation and organisation of separate workshops in IACL world congresses, as well as the establishment and maintenance of a research network between the scientists concerned, providing the exchange of relevant information and permanent connection.

The Institute for Legal Studies of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences provides an institutional framework for organizing the activities of the Group.

Members

Forthcoming Events

Call for Papers

The International Association of Constitutional Law Research Group on Constitutional Interpretation is pleased to announce the call for papers for the international conference on Constitutional interpretation in European populist regimes ‒ new methods or old tools for new purposes? held in Budapest, from 5 to 6 December 2019. The venue of the conference will be HAS CSS Institute for Legal Studies, 1097 Budapest, Tóth Kálmán street 4., T Building, Ground floor.
The IACL Research Group on Constitutional Interpretation has recently been established to provide an effective framework for studying the theories and methods of constitutional interpretation. The Group aims at maintaining the research network of scholars whose fields of interest are closely connected to this subject-matter. The Institute for Legal Studies of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences provides an institutional framework for organizing the activities of this Group.

Our Research Group’s first conference focuses on the question whether European populist systems have developed new, specific constitutional theories, doctrines or methods, or whether their constitutional courts and other high courts continue to use the old, traditional interpretative tools in constitutional adjudication. Submissions for conference papers are invited primarily from legal scholars and political scientists who are interested in the theory and practice of constitutional interpretation. Interested scholars should send an abstract of no more than 500 words by email by 31 July 2019 to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Successful applicants will be notified no later than 15 September 2019.

The conference papers will be published in an edited academic book and/or by the Hungarian Journal of Legal Studies Acta Juridica Hungarica, an academic journal founded in 1959 by the Hungarian Academy of Sciences (https://submit.akademiai.com/hjls/index.php/hjls).
The conference will be also the founding event of the Research Group, as well as the establishment of a Central and Eastern European panel of the IACL Research Group on Constitutionalism in Illiberal Democracies.
There is no registration fee. Group meals will be generously provided by the Institute for Legal Studies of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences. Successful applicants are responsible for securing their all travel and accommodation costs.

Publications

Szente Zoltán, Gárdos-Orosz Fruzsina (eds.), New Challenges to Constitutional Adjudication in Europe: A Comparative Perspective, London‒New York: Routledge, 2018. 

Conveners


Postal address

Hungarian Academy of Sciences,
Institute for Legal Studies,
1453 Budapest, Pf. 25. 
Budapest, HUNGARY