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Internships at The Centre for Global Constitutionalism

We will be holding a meeting on Wednesday, 23 September at 3:00 PM in Room 243 of the Arts Building for students and postgrads interested in finding out more about the CGC internships programme. At the meeting, information will be available on the types of responsibilities an internship would entail and the application process.

More information on CGC internships can be found here.




Workshop on Challenging the Narrative of Cost-Free War

An interdisciplinary workshop between the University of Hull, Remote Control and the University of St Andrews.

10th – 11th September 2015
Seminar Room 2,
Arts Faculty Building,
The Scores

Contemporary Western narratives highlight and perpetuate the idea that war has no cost. Drawing on the legacies of the Kosovo war, it has become fashionable to argue that the Western dependence on aerial warfare has few costs for those involved. Indeed this narrative has been cemented in the Western press and government circles through the idea of ‘precision’ strikes, targeted killings of opponents and the all-pervasive myth that Western actions have few consequences on the ground. Using the ideas, narratives and cultures of those on the receiving end of Western strikes this workshop argues that Western narratives ignore the very essence, the substance and the timings of what constitutes opposition to aerial warfare by real people in real places. While it may be comfortable to argue that for example drone strikes have no negative consequences for the West this workshop explores the many ways in which resistance is formed, ferments and fuels counter Western narratives.

For more information on the programme  please click here .


Constitutional Implications of the Independence Referendum

IMG_1033Sir David Edward – Public Lecture – Thursday 25th September 2014

Constitutional Implications of the Independence Referendum

The Centre for Global Constitutionalism was pleased to host a public lecture by Sir David Edward, a former UK judge of the European Court of Justice. Sir David addressed the constitutional implications of the independence referendum, the issues that the debate over the last two years raised and what the result might mean for the UK constitution and the constitution of Scotland.


The full lecture and Q&A is available to watch below:

The Past and Future of the International Red Cross


Professor David Forsythe, Distinguished Professor of Political Science at the University of Nebraska will give a public lecture on the subject of The Past and Future of the International Committee of the Red Cross on Thursday 2 October at 5pm in School III. All are welcome.

From Doctrine to Declaration: Rescinding the Christian Doctrine of Discovery and Promoting the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples in the United States

From Doctrine to Declaration: Rescinding the Christian Doctrine of Discovery and Promoting the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples in the United States. 

Workshop organized by Bennett Collins and Ali Watson. 25-26 June 2015.

CGC in The Times

CGC in The Times

Dr Anthony Lang, Director of the Centre for Global Constitutionalism, was interviewed by The Times on the question of Scottish independence.  Lang responded to First Minister Alex Salmond’s proposal that an independent Scotland would have a written constitution, hence making it more ‘modern’ than the United Kingdom. Lang highlighted the potential political cleavages that may be exacerbated in the process of drafting a written constitution for Scotland. The article is available via The Times website via subscription only.

James Wilson and Constitutionalism

James Wilson and Constitutionalism

The Centre has an ongoing interest in the political and legal theory of James Wilson, the St Andrews graduate, American founder, and key drafter of the American constitution. On 30 March 2012, Director Anthony F Lang, Jr presented a talk St Andrews alumni in San Francisco on the importance of Wilson’s thought both in its context and today. In 2014, Dr Lang will be speaking at a conference on Wilson’s thought to be held at the University of Pennsylvania.

James Wilson presentation: Constitutional Theory for the Modern World(PDF, 1,528 KB)