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The Clough Center for the Study of Constitutional Democracy

Workshop on Comparative Constitutional Amendment

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Friday, May 15
by invitation only

Presented by
International Association of Constitutional Law
Research Group on Constitution-Making
and Constitutional Change

Convened by
Richard Albert, Boston College Law School
Xenophon Contiades
Alkmene Fotiadou


event schedule

8:00 a.m.
Continental Breakfast
8:20 a.m.

Welcome and Introductions

Vlad Perju (Boston College)
Director, Clough Center for the Study of Constitutional Democracy

Introduced by Richard Albert (Boston College)


8:45 a.m.


Session One

Presenter: Yaniv Roznai (Haifa/NYU)
The Spectrum of Constitutional Amendment Powers
Discussant: Zoran Oklopcic (Carleton/NYU)

9:25 a.m.

Session Two

Presenter: Sofia Ranchordás (Tilburg/Yale)
Constitutional Sunsets and Sunrises
Discussant: Jürgen Goosens (Ghent)

10:20 a.m. Break

10:35 a.m.


Session Three

Presenter: Oran Doyle (Trinity College Dublin)
The Justification of Constraints on Constitutional Amendment Powers
Discussant: Mark Tushnet (Harvard)

11:30 a.m.


Session Four

Presenter: Thomaz Pereira (Yale)
Constituting the Amendment Power: A Framework for Comparative Amendment Law
Discussant: Luisa Fernanda Garcia Lopez (Rosario)

12:25 p.m.

1:15 p.m.


Session Five

Presenters: Xenophon Contiades (Peloponnese) & Alkmene Fotiadou (Centre for European Constitutional Law)
Amendment-Metrics: The Good, the Bad and the Frequently Amended Constitution
Discussant: James Fleming (BU)


2:20 p.m.


Session Six

Presenter: Derek O'Brien (Oxford Brookes)
Formal Amendment Rules and Constitutional Reform in the Commonwealth Caribbean
Discussant: Nicholas Robinson (Harvard)

3:15 p.m.

3:30 p.m.


Session Seven

Presenter: Joshua Braver (Yale)
Hannah Arendt in Venezuela: The Supreme Court Battles Hugo Chavez over the Creation of the 1999 Constitution
Discussant: Juliano Zaiden Benvindo (Brasilia)

4:25 p.m.

Session Eight

Presenter: Andreas Orator (Vienna)
Deconstitutionalization of the EU Treaties? Prospects for and Limits to Remedying a Dysfunctional Mechanism of Constitutional Amendment
Discussant: Stephan Jaggi (Peking)


5:20 p.m.

Closing Reflections

Bjørn Erik Rasch (Oslo)

6:00 p.m.
1700 Beacon Street
Brookline, MA 02446

Event location: Fulton Hall, Room 515. View online pdf map.

Parking is available on levels 3 or 4 in the Beacon Garage or levels 3-6 for the Commonwealth Garage.
The cost is $3.00 an hour with a maximum of $25 per day.
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Please contact Richard Albert or with any questions you may have regarding this event.