Conference on Constitutional History: Comparative Perspectives – Call for papers

The third Annual Illinois-Bologna Conference on Constitutional History: Comparative Perspectives will be held in Bologna, Italy, on November 13 and 14, 2017. The conference keynote speaker will be Giuliano Amato, Judge of the Constitutional Court of Italy, former Prime Minister of Italy, and Professor Emeritus of the European University Institute and the University La Sapienza. Scholars interested in presenting a paper at the conference should e-mail a title and summary of the proposed paper along with a CV to Professor Jason Mazzone ( Proposals received by July 1, 2017, will receive priority. After that date, submitted proposals will be considered only if space remains. Conference participants are responsible for their own travel and accommodation expenses.

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The ССSDD would like to present you the TENTATIVE SCHEDULE of SUMMER SCHOOL “EU and Legal Reform” 2017

Tentative Schedule

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International Human Rights Class: 2017 Indigenous People’s Rights Role Play

On Monday, May 1, students in Prof. Pennicino and Prof. Frosini’s International Human Rights class participated in an indigenous people’s rights role play. Beforehand, background knowledge was provided on the international provisions relevant to indigenous peoples and the importance of land rights. The topic of the role play was the Makah tribe’s application to the International Whaling Commission (IWC) to resume whaling. Senior researcher at the Eurac Research Institute for Minority Rights, Dr. Alexandra Tomaselli, acted as role play mediator. Students simulated a meeting between the following four groups:

  • Makah tribe- Native American peoples who occupy the Olympic Peninsula in Washington State
  • The High North Alliance- An organization representing whalers and sealers which supports the Makah tribe
  • Sea Shepherd- An organization that focuses on marine wildlife species, and opposes the Makah tribe
  • Greenpeace- An organization of environmental activists generally opposed to whaling

These groups met before the fictional and independent, Culture, Rights, Environment, Sustainability, and Talk (CREST) organization, which works on human rights and environmental issues. Students were tasked with sharing information, holding a discussion, and coming to an agreement on the following questions:

  • Should whaling be allowed?
  • Is there a special case for whaling as part of cultural tradition?
  • If whaling is to be carried out, at what level is it to be carried out?
  • What sort of management regimes are needed?

After the role play, the class reflected on the task and shared concluding thoughts on the intersections of culture, discrimination, and protections. Images from the event can be viewed below.

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2017 International Law Study Trip to The Hague, Netherlands

Students interested in international law at Johns Hopkins University SAIS participated in a study trip to The Hague, Netherlands from March 20-21. The two-day trip was attended by eight students over spring break. They were joined by Dr. Marko Milenkovic, post-doctoral fellow at CCSDD.

Students attended two trial hearings at the International Criminal Court (ICC) and the International Criminal Tribunal for Yugoslavia (ICTY) were they also learned about the Courts’ histories and current developments. Other organizations visited during the trip included the International Development Law Organisation (IDLO), Organization for Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), EUROJUST- The EU’s Judicial Cooperation Unit and the Hague Institute for the Internationalisation of Law (Hiil).

Throughout the study trip, students met with officials, attended speaker presentations and got an insight into workings of important international institutions. Photos from the study trip can be viewed below.


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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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Guest Lectures at the Beijing Jiaotong University

Dr Marko Milenkovic, a visiting post-doctoral fellow at CCSDD, gave a series of seven guest lectures to the undergraduate and postgraduate students at the Beijing Jiaotong University (BJTU), School of Law from 21 November– 2 December. Dr Milenkovic went to Beijing on invitation of prof Yuxia Nan, the dean of BJTU School of Law, and the BJTU lecturer Dr Han Yu who obtained a PhD in EU Law in 2014 at the University of Bologna under the supervision of prof Lucia Serena Rossi. Dr Milenkovic taught BJTU students about the institutions and legal system of the European Union, EU enlargement policy and political and legal challenges brought to the Union by the Brexit vote and the migration crisis.

See the photos of the events below:

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October/November CCSDD Activities Update


CCSDD Director, Prof. Justin O. Frosini, Prof. Sara Pennicino and Researchers Dr. Čarna Pištan and Dr. Marko Milenkovic, were active participants in recent conferences.

Dr. Sara Pennincino was the keynote speaker at the regional conference “Follow-up to the recommendations of international Election Observation Missions in the countries of the Eastern partnership”.  The conference took place from October 24-25, and was organized by the Council of Europe. Dr. Pennincino discussed “Challenges to representative democracy”.

Dr. Sara Pennincino organized and presented in the “Illiberal Elements in Consolidated Democracies”, an International Workshop within the IACL Research Group on Constitutionalism in Illiberal Democracies, of which the CCSDD is a coordinating institution. The workshop took place from October 14-15, and was held at the University of Padua. The event was also attended by CCSDD Director Dr. Justin O. Frosini who chaired one of the sessions and Dr. Čarna Pištan and Dr. Marko Milenkovic who acted as discussants.

See the photos of the event below:



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Dr. Marko Milenkovic was a discussant in panel on the EU agencies, Migration, Asylum and Security within the Young Researchers Master Class on agenification of EU executive governance, held on Wednesday, November 9 at the European University Institute in Florence, Italy. The programme, and conference, held on November 10 and 11 were hosted by The Academic Research Network on Agencification of EU Executive Governance (TARN).

See the photos of the event below:img-20161110-wa0003wp_20161109_12_34_25_prowp_20161109_12_34_20_pro

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