Annual Seminar on Comparative Constitutionalism

This seminar brings together leading international and Nordic scholars to discuss current topics with a focus on methodology and current issues in  light of different approaches by lawyers, political scientists and sociologists.

Constitutional reforms in the Nordic countries and elsewhere underlie the ever-growing relevance of constitutions in domestic and international politics.

Comparative constitutional scholarship is currently enjoying a renaissance amongst lawyers and social scientists with several significant books in the past year exploring comprehensively methodological, theoretical, jurisprudential and empirical questions.

The seminar is hosted by the Department for Public Law and the Forum for Law and Social Science. 


Day 1, Juridisk eksamenssal:
Opening Session

Welcome / Chair
Malcolm Langford, Associate Professor, Faculty of Law, University of  Oslo

Interpreting the New Norwegian Bill of Rights
Arnfinn Bårdsen, Justice, Supreme Court of Norway

Automated Content Analysis: The Future of Empirical Legal Studies?
David Law, Professor, Sir Y.K. Pao Chair in Public Law, University of Hong Kong

The Public Law of Gender in Comparative Perspective
Katherine Young, Associate Professor, Boston College

Studying Comparative Constitutionalism

Chair: Kristin Bergtora Sandvik, Associate Professor, University of Oslo

Historical Approaches
Dag Michalsen, Dean, Faculty of Law, University of Oslo

Qualitative Approaches
Andrea Castagnola, Postdoc, Department of Comparative Politics, University of Bergen

Experimental Approaches and Mixed Methods
Malcolm Langford, Associate Professor, Faculty of Law, University of Oslo 

Reception and Dinner

Day 2, Professorboligen:
New Nordic Bills of Rights

Chair: Vibeke Blake Strand, Professor, Faculty of Law, University of Oslo

Nordic Constitutionalism(s) in a European and Historical Perspective
Johan Strang, Lecturer, Centre for Nordic Studies, University of Helsinki

Benedikte Høgberg, Professor, Faculty of Law, University of Oslo

Johan K. Schaffer, Associate Professor, University of Gothenburg

Ragnhildur Helgadóttir, Professor, Reykjavik University, School of Law

Commentator: Christoffer C. Eriksen, Professor, Faculty of Law, University of Oslo

11:30-12:00 European Constitutions in the Age of Brexit

Finn Arnesen, Professor, Faculty of Law, University of Oslo


Published Aug. 10, 2016 10:15 AM - Last modified Nov. 8, 2017 2:42 PM