Update on CGC Activities and Events – February 2016

From Professor Tony Lang, Director, Centre for Global Constitutionalism

For some time, the CGC has had a blog option on its website. This has been used by a few of us, but we’d like to encourage more students and scholars with interests in the broadly defined field of Global Constitutionalism to utilize it and submit articles and blog posts (email address below).

With that in mind, let me start things off with a few announcements about the Centre and its activities.

First, I’m very pleased to announce our four interns for the 2015-2016 academic year: Max Curtis, Kate Cyr, Ashley Gierlach, and Christine Kim. In fact, they have been hard at work on projects and activities related to the Centre, and they will be working hard on activities in the coming semester. Welcome to our interns!

Second, two new members of staff in the School of International Relations have joined the Centre. Dr Adam Bower, who recently arrived from fellowships at Oxford University and the European University Institute, focuses on IR theory (especially constructivism and theories of contestation and strategic action), international organizations, disarmament, international humanitarian law, and the International Criminal Court. More specifically, his work examines how legal institutions — especially multilateral treaties– influence international affairs by transforming expectations about appropriate conduct. Dr Mateja Peters, who recently arrived from the Norwegian Institute of International Affairs, focuses on global governance and international organisations, peace operations and state-building, questions of international authority, and the broader politics of international interventions in (post-) conflict territories. Both will be working with the Centre on their research themes which will greatly enhance the work of the Centre.

Third, the Centre will soon be issuing its first annual report, a result of the efforts of research fellow Dr Iain Ferguson. Dr Ferguson has developed a methodology for measuring and assessing changes in international law and institutions relating to constitutionalism. The report should appear in late March. Watch this space for more details!

Fourth, the Centre will soon be posting a series of videos describing its mandate and coming projects. These videos will give easy to access information on the Centre and will become a regular feature of our work.

Fifth, Centre Director Professor Anthony Lang along with Centre Board Member Professor Antje Wiener of Hamburg University are currently working on a Handbook of Global Constitutionalism to be published by Edward Elgar Press in late 2016 or early 2017. This Handbook will include a wide range of contributions from scholars all over the world, covering different historical periods and theoretical traditions. A draft introduction to the Handbook is available for viewing here.

Finally, please keep an eye out for our upcoming events. These include lectures by scholars from the universities in Canada and Germany. In addition, we will be working with some of the student groups here at St Andrews to develop alternative ways of advancing our research and activities. Please watch our social media sites (Facebook and Twitter) and this website for more details on all our activities. And, do not hesitate to contact us via our email address at globcon@st-andrews.ac.uk

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