Friday, 21 May 2010 - 1:00am


The Social and Political Foundations of Constitutions

9.30-4.30, Friday 21st May

Wolfson College, Oxford

In this workshop, five distinguished constitutional law scholars will present their work on the social and political foundations of the constitutions of Nigeria, New Zealand, Japan, Portugal, and France.

The workshop will address the social conditions under which these constitutions were produced, the constitution-makers, and their most important considerations. It will also examine the turn that constitutional developments have taken after adoption, and ask whether these constitutions have been able to live up to their promises.

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Dr David Erdos, Oxford University, on New Zealand

Professor David Law, Washington University in St. Louis, on Japan

Professor David Robertson, Oxford University, on France

Dr Charles Parkinson, University of Melbourne, on Nigeria

Dr Pedro Magalhaes, University of Lisbon, on Portugal



The papers from the workshop are expected to form part of a forthcoming book on the Social and Political Foundations of Constitutions, further details of which will be made available over the coming months.