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Constitutional History: Comparative Perspectives

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University of Illinois College of Law, University of Bologna School of Law, and Center for Constitutional Studies and Democratic Development
Bologna, Italy
Nov 13, 2017 - Nov 14, 2017   All Day
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Constitutional History: Comparative Perspectives

Bologna, Italy
November 13 & 14, 2017

Sponsored by:
University of Illinois College of Law
University of Bologna School of Law
Center for Constitutional Studies and Democratic Development

The Third Annual Illinois-Bologna conference on Constitutional History: Comparative Perspectives will be held in Bologna, Italy on November 13 and 14, 2017.

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. This international conference aims to address that shortcoming by energizing the study and analysis of constitutional history from comparative perspectives. 

The conference provides a forum for presentation and discussion of current research on issues of constitutional history that crosses national boundaries; brings together scholars working on constitutional histories of single jurisdictions, with the expectation that conversations among these scholars will allow for sharing of methodologies and point also to fresh areas of research; and takes up the role that history plays when courts around the world decide issues of constitutional law.

The conference keynote speaker in 2017 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. 

Papers from the 2016 conference, held in Chicago, were recently published in the Illinois Law Review.

Professor Jason Mazzone is the conference Chair. 

For more information:
Jason Mazzone
Professor of Law
Lynn H. Murray Faculty Scholar in Law
Co-Director, Program in Constitutional Theory, History and Law
University of Illinois College of Law
504 East Pennsylvania Avenue
Champaign, IL 61820
(217) 300-0385

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