The External Dimensions of Constitutions

September 15-16, 2016

Lauterpacht Centre for International Law, University of Cambridge

Conveners: Eyal Benvenisti and Mila Versteeg

Invitation and list of participants


Conference Program (pdf):

15 September 2016

09:00-09:15 Introductory Remarks

Mila Versteeg and Eyal Benvenisti


09:15-10:45 External Dimensions of Constitutions: Theory and History

Neil Walker, The Constitutionalisation of External Sovereignty

David Golove, The American Founding and Global Justice: Hamiltonian and Jeffersonian Approaches



11:15-12:45 Comparative Studies I

George Rutherglen, The Rights of Aliens Under the United States Constitution:  At the Border and Beyond

John Bell, The External Working of the French Constitution


14:00-16:00 Comparative Studies II

Heinz Klug, The Constitution in the World: The External Dimensions of South Africa’s Post-Apartheid Constitution

Kevin Tan, Citizens and Strangers in the Constitutional Orders of the ASEAN States

Adam Shinar, Israel’s External Constitution: Friends, Enemies, and the Constitutional/ Administrative Law Distinction


16:30-18:00 Migration and the Constitution I

Adam Chilton (with Eric Posner), Why Countries Provide Non-Citizens with Strong Legal Protections

Melissa Carlson (Katerina Linos with and Laura Jakli), How Information, Misinformation, and Rumors Shape Refugees’ Access to Fundamental Rights


16 September 2016

09:00-10:30 Migration and the Constitution II

Mila Versteeg (with Lucas Kowalczyck), The Political Economy of the Right to Asylum

Brigid McManus (with Rosalind Dixon), The Constitutional Protection of Asylum-Seekers:  Weak-Form Review & Political Competition


11:00-12:30 Strangers Within the Constitution

Ozan Varol, Alien Citizens:  Kurds and Citizenship in the Turkish Constitution

David Landau, Dialogue and Difference: Indigenous Rights in Colombian Constitutional Law


12:30-13:00 Concluding Discussion

(incl. Christine Sun and John Coit, Editors of the Virginia Journal of International Law, on the editing process)


The conference is sponsored by the ERC funded GlobalTrust Project