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09:30 to 16:30
End date
03 March 2016
Mary Sunley Building St Catherine's College Manor Road Oxford OX1 3UJ

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Thursday, 3 March 2016 - 9:30am to 4:30pm


Workshop: The Science of Constitutions

Successes and Failures

This workshop continues the Foundation for Law, Justice and Society's Science of Constitutions programme of research and discussion.

Part of the day will be an analysis of the variables affecting the success or failure of constitutions. Building on earlier discussions and publications (all available on the FLJS website), the workshop will advance understanding of the variables that affect the future effectiveness, durability and stability of the constitutional order.

The workshop participants* will then discuss and analyse several constitutional systems that are undergoing major change or stress, including: Poland, Chile, Turkey, the Gulf States and France (in the wake of terrorist attacks).

The objective, in the cases of the Gulf States, is to identify key factors in designing a new constitution, including assessing the influence of the constitution-making process, codifying authoritarianism and the pathways to accountability.

For Chile, Poland, Turkey and France, the aim will be, through case studies, to examine points of stress and strain in their existing constitutional systems.

This is a free event, open to all. To secure your place, please register using the form on the right of this page. A full programme for the event is printable from this page.

* Participants: Denis Galligan and Monika Magyar, Oxford University; Frank Vibert, London School Of Economics; Finola Flanagan, Council Of Europe; Adam Bodnar, Ombudsman for Poland; Daniel Smilov, Sofia University; Elham Fakhro, Oxford University; Pierre Auriel, Maison Française d’Oxford; Cristobal Bellolio, Universidad Adolfo Ibanez