Much comparative law scholarship focuses on technical questions of constitutional design, asking for example whether strong presidential or parliamentary systems better serve normatively attractive constitutional goals (separation of powers, federalism, rights enforcement, and so on). Missing from such literature, however, is sufficient discussion of the interpretive risks involved in abstracting constitutional texts from their larger cultural/temporal contexts, not to mention the role that those contexts play in creating constitutional meaning. For example, frameworks of practices, customs, and beliefs, including religious traditions, cultural values, and historical memories can all serve as invisible sources of constitutional law, social imaginaries that actually perform the role of invisible constitutions. To elaborate, this conference will draw scholars from different disciplines to shed light on current and past examples of “invisible” constitutions in the comparative context. Papers are welcome from any historic period or geographic space. The conference will be held on March 1-2, 2012 in Saint Louis, travel and lodging provided. To apply, submit an abstract of 1000 words, including a one-page CV
to Anders Walker, Saint Louis University School of Law, 3700 Lindell Boulevard, St. Louis, MO 63108 or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org by January 15, 2012. All accepted papers will be published in the Saint Louis University Law Journal.
Saint Louis University School of Law
3700 Lindell Blvd.
St. Louis, MO 63108
(314) 977-7447 Email: email@example.com
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