Call for Papers: The Constitution of Canada: History, Evolution, Influence and Reform On the Occasion of the 150th Anniversary of Confederation In memory of Alessandro Pizzorusso



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Pisa, Italy


1. Scuola Universitaria Superiore Sant’Anna 2. The Sant’Anna Legal Studies Project 3. The Embassy of Canada

Symposium on the Constitution of Canada: History, Evolution, Influence and Reform 
On the Occasion of the 150th Anniversary of Confederation In memory of Alessandro Pizzorusso Scuola Sant’Anna Piazza Martiri 

This Symposium will convene a group of scholars to reflect on the history and evolution of the Constitution of Canada, on its written and unwritten dimensions, on its influence abroad, and on prospects for its reform.

Submissions are invited from scholars of all levels—from senior scholars to doctoral students—on one or more of the following subjects. We invite participants to take any methodological approach they wish, including comparative, doctrinal, empirical, historical and/or theoretical perspectives.

1. The History and Evolution of the Constitution of Canada
2. The Influence Abroad of the Constitution of Canada
3. Canada’s “Invisible” Constitution
4. Reforming Canada’s Constitution: Perspectives from Abroad

The Symposium will be highlighted by a keynote address by Susanna Mancini, Full Professor of Comparative Public Law at the University of Bologna, and will feature Paolo Carrozza (Scuola Sant’Anna, Pisa), Giacomo Delledonne (Université Saint-Louis, Bruxelles), Anna Gamper (University of Innsbruck), and Patricia Popelier (University of Antwerp).
How to Participate

Interested scholars are asked to submit an abstract no longer than 500 words by 15 December 2016 to A Symposium Selection Committee will choose abstracts and notify all scholars no later than 20 January 2017. Full drafts of papers will be due by email to no later than 20 April 2016. Papers should be no longer than 10,000 words (footnotes included).

The Convenors intend to seek publication of the papers presented at the conference either an edited volume or a special issue of a law journal, subject to successful blind peer-review. Papers submitted but not accepted may be considered for publication in the STALS Research Paper Series:

There is no cost to participate in the Symposium. Participants are responsible for securing their own funding for travel, lodging and other incidental expenses. Scuola Sant’Anna will sponsor lunch and dinner on the day of the Symposium, as well as a welcome reception for participants on the evening prior to the Symposium.

Please direct inquiries in connection with this Symposium to Giuseppe Martinico by email at