Constitution-Building in Comparative Perspective

October 21-22, 2005

Friday 1:30-5:30 - Saturday: 9:00-5:00
206 Ingraham Hall - 1155 Observatory Drive
University of Wisconsin-Madison


Friday, October 21, 2005

  • 1:30 Welcome and Introductions

    Heinz Klug
    Professor of Law and Director of the Global Legal Studies Initiative
  • 1:45-2:45 Session #1: Building Constitutions: From Constitution-writing to Interpretation

    Professor Dr. Brun-Otto Bryde
    Judge of the Federal Constitutional Court of Germany
    Professor of Public Law and Political Science, Justus Liebig-Universität Giessen

    Yash Ghai
    Sir Y K Pao Chair in Public Law and Professor of Law, University of Hong Kong
    2005 Visiting Knowles Professor at the UW Law School
  • 2:45-3:00 Break
  • 3:00-5:30 Session #2: Constitution-building in a Global Context
  • 3:00-4:00 Panel A: Is there an Islamic constitutionalism?

    Said Amir Arjomand
    Distinguished Service Professor, Department of Sociology
    State University of New York at Stony Brook

    Asifa Quraishi
    Assistant Professor of Law, University of Wisconsin Law School
  • 4:00-4:15 Break
  • 4:15--5:30 Panel B: Indigenous and Community-based Constitution-building

    Heinz Klug
    Professor of Law and Director of the Global Legal Studies Initiative

    Phil Knight
    Free-lance Legislative Counsel

    Richard Monette
    Associate Professor of Law, University of Wisconsin Law School
  • 5:30 Adjourn
  • 7:00 Dinner for participants and invited guests at the home of Pam and John Hollenhorst

    1018 Waban Hill, Madison (between Nakoma Rd. & Cherokee Dr.) Telephone 278-8002.

    A taxi will pick up guests staying at the Friedrick Center – please convene in the lobby at 6:45.

Saturday, October 22, 2005

  • 8:30 Coffee and Continental Breakfast
  • 9:00-10:30 Session 3: Democratic Participation and Constitution-building.

    Ronalda Murphy
    Associate Professor of Law, Dalhousie University
    Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada

    Christina Murray
    Professor of Constitutional and Human Rights Law
    University of Cape Town

    Boaventura de Sousa Santos
    Professor of Law and Sociology, University of Coimbra, Portugal
    ILS Distinguished Scholar, University of Wisconsin Law School
  • 10:30-10:45 Break
  • 10:45-12:15 Session 4: Courts and Constitution-building

    Bojan Bugaric
    Associate Professor of Law, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia
    Visiting Scholar, Harvard Center for European Studies (2005)

    Alexei Trochev
    Research Associate, Institute of Intergovernmental Relations
    Queen's University, Canada

    Mauricio Villegas
    Professor of Constitutional Law and Sociology of Law
    Universidad Nacional de Colombia, Bogotá
  • 12:15-1:30 Buffet Lunch for panelists and attendees in Ingraham Hall
  • 1:30-3:00 Session 5: Constitutional Change

    Julio Faundez
    Professor of Law, Warwick University

    Rodolfo Figueroa
    Faculty of Law, University of Diego Portales Law School, Santiago

    Miguel Schor
    Assistant Professor of Law, Suffolk University Law School
  • 3:00-3:15 Break
  • 3:15-4:45 Session 6: Constitutions and Crisis

    Jill Cottrell
    Faculty of Law, University of Hong Kong

    Guido Galli
    Manager, Constitution-building Programme
    Democracy Building and Conflict Management Department
    International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance

    Kim Lane Scheppele
    Director, Program in Law and Public Affairs
    Laurence S. Rockefeller Professor of Public Affairs
    Woodrow Wilson School and the University Center for Human Values, Princeton University
  • 4:45 Closing Remarks: Heinz Klug and Yash Ghai
  • 7:00 Dinner for participants and invited guests at Chautara Restaurant

    334 State Street (2nd floor).

The Global Legal Studies Initiative (GLSI) is a joint project of the University of Wisconsin Law School and the Division of International Studies. Through this initiative, the Law School and International Studies work together to promote the understanding of international, transnational, and comparative legal systems, processes and regimes and disseminate this knowledge to students and constituencies on and off campus. To launch this effort, GLSI, in conjunction with other entities on campus, sponsored a series of events in Fall 2004 about "Law and Global Transformations." In Fall 2005, GLSI planned a week-long focus on constitutional issues, including a workshop on Constitution-building in Africa post-1989, the Harnack-Fish Human Rights Lecture delivered by Professor Brun-Otto Bryde, Justice of the German Constitutional Court, as well as the second workshop on comparative constitutional issues. GLSI receives ongoing support from the Center for World Affairs and the Global Economy (WAGE) and the East Asian Legal Studies Center (EALSC), and is based at the Institute for Legal Studies (ILS). Additional information can be found at

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