"Changing legal definitions of minority rights and nationhood in written constitutions"

Workshops, conferences 2018

  • Start: Dec 15, 2017
  • End: Dec 16, 2017
  • Location: MPI-MMG, Hermann-Föge-Weg 11, Göttingen
  • Room: Library Hall
"Changing legal definitions of minority rights and nationhood in written constitutions"
Workshop co-organized by Matthias Koenig (University of Göttingen & MPI MMG) and Kiyoteru Tsutsui (University of Michigan, Ann Arbor). ▪ This workshop forms part of a collaborative project that examines how legitimatingprinciples of nation-states have changed since the emergence of nation-states in the late eighteenthcentury by analyzing written constitutions.

For more details please contact esser(at)mmg.mpg.de.

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Friday, December 15, 2017

9:30 Welcome and Introduction

9:45 Matthias Koenig (University of Göttingen) & Kiyoteru Tsutsui (University of Michigan): “Changing legal definitions of minority rights and nationhood in written constitutions”

10:45 Coffee break

11:15 John Skrentny (University of California San Diego): “Constitutional law and the minority rights revolution – the US and Canada”
Discussant: Ran Hirschl (University of Göttingen)

12:30 Lunch (Bistro Cichon, Nikolausberger Weg 43)

14:00 Menaka Guruswamy (Columbia University): “Minorities in India and Pakistan – secular and theocratic constitutionalism”
Discussant: Naheed Samour (Lichtenberg Kolleg, University of Göttingen)

15:00 Tom Ginsburg (University of Chicago, skype session): “Minority rights, federalism and constitutional reform in Nepal and Myanmar”
Discussant: Eugénie Mérieau (University of Göttingen)

16:00 Coffee break

16:30 Mirjam Künkler (Käte-Hamburger Kolleg Bonn) & Julia Leininger (German Institute for Development Studies): “Minority rights in the aftermath of the Cold War – Indonesia and Senegal in comparative perspective”

17:30 Interim discussion and closure

Saturday, December 16, 2017

9:30 Heinz Klug (University of Minnesota): “Minority protections in Southern Africa”
Discussant: Jeffrey Swindle (University of Michigan, Ann Arbor)

10:30 Coffee break

11:00 Alexander Osipov (European Minority Rights Centre, ECMI): “Are communist legacies at odds with the recent global trends in minority protection? Diversity issues in the constitutions of Russia and Ukraine”
Discussant: Michael Hein (University of Göttingen)

12:00 Lunch

13:00 Concluding discussion

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