Call for Papers for a Workshop on “Politics and the Constitution”

Posted on Friday, May 8, 2015


The Public Law Group of the University of Ottawa Faculty of Law


The Younger Comparativists Committee of the American Society of Comparative Law

invite paper proposals for a workshop on “Politics and the Constitution”

University of Ottawa Faculty of Law
Ottawa, Canada
Friday, July 10, 2015
The theme of the workshop is “Politics and the Constitution.” Possible topics might include the interaction between law and politics in domestic constitutional law, the role of political actors in implementing constitutional law, constitutional amendment processes, including referenda and initiatives, the politics of judicial appointment processes, and the constitutional regulation of elections, including laws governing election expenses. 

Purpose of Workshop

The purpose of this workshop is to convene a small group of scholars in comparative public law to discuss six works in progress written by emerging scholars. 

Structure of Workshop

This full-day workshop will feature presentations by six emerging scholars as well as a lunchtime keynote address. Each paper will be allocated 45 minutes, including 15 minutes for the author’s presentation and 30 minutes for comments by an established scholar as well as by the group as a whole.


Submissions are invited from emerging scholars who have been teaching and/or researching in the field for no more than ten years.

Submission Instructions

Interested scholars should send an abstract of no more than 500 words by January 10, 2015 to the following address: Final papers will be due on June 15, 2015, and should be no longer than 10,000 words. Papers may not have been published by the time of the workshop. Scholars should identify their submission with the following subject line: “Ottawa—Paper Submission—Comparative Public Law Workshop.”


Successful applicants are responsible for securing their own funding for travel, lodging and other incidental expenses. A small number of bursaries may be available to offset a portion of applicants’ travel costs.


Please direct inquiries to Vanessa MacDonnell (University of Ottawa) or Michael Pal (University of Ottawa) by email at and

Younger Comparativists Committee Board:

Richard Albert (Boston College) (Chair)
Ozan Varol (Lewis & Clark) (Vice-Chair and Secretary)
Virginia Harper Ho (Kansas) (Treasurer)
Sally Richardson (Tulane)
Afra Afsharipour (UC Davis)

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