Distinguished Guest Professors visit CCSDD to discuss IACL project on Constitutionalism in Illiberal Democracies and to talk about constitutional development and human rights in Asia

Professors Andrew Harding of National University of Singapore and Peter Leyland Professor at London Metropolitan University and at the School of Oriental and African Studies are visiting the CCSDD and Johns Hopkins University- SAIS this week. On Monday February 13, Professor Harding spoke about the Asian Values Debate in Prof. Pennicino and Prof. Frosini’s International Human Rights class, while on Friday 17th Harding and Leyland will talk about constitutional development in Thailand and Myanmar in Prof. Frosini’s Constitutional Development and Democratization class.

Andrew Harding and Peter Leyland are also members of the International Association of Constitutional Law (IACL) research group on “Constitutionalism in Illiberal Democracies” run through the CCSDD and during their stay in Bologna as part of an internal workshop at the CCSDD they will give their expert advice on how to move forward with this project.

Peter Jonathan Leyland is Professor of Public Law at London Metropolitan University and Visiting Professor of Law at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. He has published widely in the field of comparative constitutional law, on Thailand’s constitutional and legal system and UK constitutional and administrative law. The subject matter of his research has included approaches to comparative public law; devolution, particularly in comparative perspective; freedom of information; utility regulation; and executive accountability – pursued in both a UK and comparative aspect, the latter relating especially to Italy and Thailand.

Professor Leyland authored the volumes on the Constitution of the United Kingdom (2012) and the Constitutional System of Thailand (with A Harding, 2011) in the Hart series ‘Constitutional Systems of the World’, of which he is a founding editor and co-editor. Other publications include five edited collections in the field of public law and comparative public law. Accountability in the Contemporary Constitution and Sovereignty of the Law were published by Oxford University Press in November 2013. Also, (with Professor Gordon Anthony) Professor Leyland is the writer of OUP’s text on UK Administrative Law, the seventh edition of which was published in September 2012. As well as frequent involvement in conferences, he is or has been a visiting professor at three colleges of the University of London (University College London, Queen Mary, and SOAS); the Notre Dame University; the universities of Bologna, Padua, Ferrara, Trento, Palermo, Bari, Lumsa, Rome, LUISS, Rome and Bocconi, Milan, in Italy; Bordeaux in France, Viena and Innsbruck in Austria; and at the National Institute for Development Administration, the Council of State and the Administrative Courts in Thailand; the University of Melbourne; and the University of Victoria in Canada.

Since 2009, Professor Leyland is an Honorary Fellow of the Honourable Society of the Middle Temple.

Andrew Harding is a leading scholar in the fields of Asian legal studies and comparative constitutional law. He commenced his academic career at NUS before moving to SOAS, University of London, where he became Head of the Law School and Director of the Centre for South East Asian Studies. He joined NUS as Director of the Centre for Asian Legal Studies and Director of the Asian Law Institute, from the University of Victoria, BC Canada, where he was Professor of Asia-Pacific Legal Relations and Director of the Centre for Asia-Pacific Initiatives. Professor Harding has worked extensively on constitutional law in Malaysia and Thailand, and has made extensive contributions to scholarship in comparative law, and law and development, having published nine books as author or editor. He is co-founding-editor of Hart Publishing’s book series ‘Constitutional Systems of the World’, a major resource for constitutional law in context, and has authored the books on Malaysia and Thailand in that series.


Professor Peter J. Layland


Professor Andrew James Harding

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