Memorial Room, The Queen's College, High St, Oxford
Friday, 29 June 2012 - 9:00am


How Do Constitutions Matter?

Written constitutions are central documents for modern governance, yet there is an enduring concern that they are mere 'parchment barriers' without independent causal efficacy. No doubt this scepticism is justified in the many countries that have struggled to create enduring and functional constitutions. In others, some parts of the constitution may matter while others do not.

What are the conditions under which constitutions work? This workshop will explore this question using a variety of empirical methods, assessing the relative significance of popular representation, constitutional rights, constitutional courts, and military involvement.

Participants include:

Tom Ginsburg, University of Chicago School of Law

Justin Blount, University of Illinois

Denis Galligan, University of Oxford

James Melton, IMT Lucca

Mila Versteeg, University of Virginia School of Law

Julio Rios, Centro de Investigacion y Docencia Economicas, A.C

Jerg Guttman, University of Hamburg

Joakim Nergelius, Orebo University