Skip to main content

Secondary navigation:

The Clough Center for the Study of Constitutional Democracy

Symposium on Constitution-Making and Constitutional Design

Silhouette of a crowd of protesters waving flags
event flyer

Friday, October 31
8:30 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Murray Function Room, Yawkey Center

Keynote address by Ran Hirschl, University of Toronto, Faculty of Law.

Convened by Richard Albert, Boston College Law School.

Registration is required by 10/27. Register by selecting the "REGISTER NOW" tab below.

event schedule


8:00 a.m.
Continental Breakfast
8:30 a.m.

Opening Remarks

Vlad Perju, Director of the Clough Center and Professor, Boston College Law School

Introduced by Richard Albert, Boston College Law School


8:45 a.m.


Panel 1: The Period Between Old and New Constitutions

MODERATOR: Richard Kay, University of Connecticut School of Law

What is a Constitutional Transition?
Joel I. Colon-Rios
, Victoria University of Wellington School of Law

Constitutional Transition: Conventional Legal Systems and Conventional States
Oran Doyle
, Trinity College Dublin, School of Law

Navigating Constitutional Crises: The Reference Power as a Tool of Transition
Kate Glover
, McGill University, Faculty of Law

Constitutions and Constitutional Orders
Mark Graber
, University of Maryland Carey School of Law

Constitutional Ruthlessness
Carissima Mathen
, University of Ottawa, Faculty of Law

Constitutional Stickiness
Ozan Varol, Lewis & Clark Law School

10:15 a.m. Break

10:30 a.m.


Panel 2: Constitution-Making and -Breaking

MODERATOR: Mila Versteeg, University of Virginia School of Law

Revolution and Negotiation in the Constituent Process: Questions of Time and Sequence
Andrew Arato, New School for Social Research

Constraining Constitutional Replacement
David Landau, Florida State University College of Law

The Upstream Problem in Constitutionalism
Eugene Mazo, Wake Forest University School of Law

Designing Constitution-Making Processes
Mark Tushnet
, Harvard Law School


12:00 p.m.


Lunch Keynote

Comparative Constitutional Law, Quo Vadis?
Ran Hirschl, Professor of Political Science and Law Canada Research Chair in Constitutionalism, Democracy and Development, University of Toronto Faculty of Law

Introductions by Richard Albert, Boston College Law School and Eugene Mazo, Wake Forest University School of Law


1:30 p.m.


Panel 3: The Role of Constitutional Courts in Constitutional Design

MODERATOR: Ruti Teitel, New York Law School

Judicial Review and Constitutional Specificity
Kevin Cope, University of Michigan, Department of Political Science

The Geographical Dimensions of New Constitutional Courts
David Fontana, George Washington University Law School                   

The Law of Constitution-Making
William Partlett
, Chinese University of Hong Kong, Faculty of Law

Judicial Review of Constitutional Amendments and New Constitutions in Comparative Perspective
Gábor Halmai, Princeton University

3:00 p.m.

3:15 p.m.


Panel 4: Non-Constitutional Influences on Constitutional Law and Constitutional Design

MODERATOR: Katharine Young, Boston College Law School

The Conventions of Constitutional Amendment in Canada
Richard Albert, Boston College Law School

The Administrative State, the Rule of Law, and Democracy: Comparative Models of Judicial Review
Francesca Bignami
, George Washington University Law School

Paradoxes of Islamic Law and Constitutionalism
Mohammad Fadel,
University of Toronto, Faculty of Law

The Implementation of Constitutional Rights by Statute
Vanessa MacDonnell
, University of Ottawa, Faculty of Law

Germany’s Civil Law Constitution
Russell Miller
, Washington & Lee University School of Law

International Institutions in Ukraine's Constitutional Change
Bart M. J. Szewczyk, Columbia Law School


4:45 p.m.



Closing Remarks

Darin Johnson, Esq., Chief of Staff, Office of the Special Coordinator for Middle East Transitions (2012-2014), U.S. Department of State

Introduced by Richard Albert, Boston College Law School

5:00 p.m.


Parking is available on levels 3 or 4 in the Beacon Garage or levels 3-6 for the Comm Garage. The cost is $3.00 an hour with a maximum of $25 per day.
Visitor Parking Details »


Directions and Campus Maps »


Please contact with any questions you may have regarding this event.