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Call for Papers–Symposium on The Constitution of Canada: History, Evolution, Influence and Reform–Pisa, Italy–24 May 2017

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 della Libertà 33
Pisa, Italy

Convened by

Giuseppe Martinico
Richard Albert
Antonia Baraggia
Cristina Fasone

24 May 2017
Pisa, Italy

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

Symposium Selection Committee

Richard Albert (Boston College Law School)
Antonia Baraggia (University of Milan)
Cristina Fasone (Luiss Guido Carli University, Rome)
Giuseppe Martinico (Scuola Sant’Anna, Pisa and Centre for Studies on Federalism, Turin) (Chair)

About the Scuola Sant’Anna, Pisa and the STALS (Sant’Anna Legal Studies) Project

Scuola Sant’Anna ( is a public university institute provided with special autonomy. The main aim of the Scuola Sant’Anna is to experiment with innovative paths in education and research, so as to meet the modernization and innovation expectations of contemporary society. In line with this goal the Scuola Sant’Anna responds swiftly to each and every societal challenge by adopting a multidisciplinary and forward-looking approach.

Comparative and European Union law are also relevant matters in the research activities of Scuola Sant’Anna, especially in the framework of STALS (Sant’Anna Legal Studies:, a project made possible thanks to the financial support offered by Scuola Sant’Anna, issued within the framework of the School’s internationalization policy, where both young and experienced scholars can share a space and propose papers that are classified by topics (European politics and policies; subnational constitutional law; constitutional developments; judicial dialogue and transnational law; European and international economic law; global legal pluralism), in order to foster discussion and research at the supranational level, promoting cooperation with other researchers abroad and organizing seminars and conferences with the participation of judges and members of EU institutions and international organizations.


We thank the following sponsors for supporting this Symposium:

  1. Scuola Universitaria Superiore Sant’Anna
  2. The Sant’Anna Legal Studies Project
  3. The Embassy of Canada
  4. The International Association of Constitutional Law
  5. Associazione di Diritto pubblico comparato ed europeo


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