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Inaugural Conference of the International Society of Public Law (ICON·S) — June 26-28, 2014

Richard Albert, Boston College Law School

The official launch of the International Society of Public Law will coincide with the Society’s Inaugural Conference on “Rethinking the Boundaries of Public Law and Public Space,” to be held in Florence, Italy, on June 26–28, 2014.

The opening session will be held at Palazzo Vecchio, the historic town hall of Florence, and the remaining sessions will take place at the European University Institute and the University of Florence.

Conference organizers are pleased by the overwhelming response to the creation of the new Society. Hundreds of scholars from around the world have joined the Society. If you would like to join the Society, you may do so online here.

Conference attendees are asked to confirm their attendance here by May 31, 2014. Attendees are also asked to book accommodations immediately, as late-June is high season in Florence. A list of affiliated hotels is available here.

The Conference will feature a keynote address by Jeremy Waldron, three plenary sessions, and roughly 60 concurrent panels. The plenary panels are detailed below in the Provisional Program. The concurrent panels are available here.

Thursday, June 26, 2014, Palazzo Vecchio

12:30 Registration starting
14:00 – 14:30 Opening of Conference: Sabino Cassese
14:30 – 15:30 Keynote Address: Jeremy Waldron
15:30 – 17:30 1st Plenary Session
Democracy and Governance in a Multicultural World
Plenary Paper: Robert O. Keohane
Chair: Michel Rosenfeld
Discussants: Miguel Maduro and Seyla Benhabib
 17:30–19:00 Cocktail Reception


Friday, June 27, 2014, University of Florence, Novoli

 9:00 – 11:00 Panels (concurrent)
11:00 – 11:30 Coffee Break
11:30 – 13.30 Panels (concurrent)
13:30 – 15:00 Lunch, Hotel Hilton
15:00 – 17:00 Panels (concurrent)
17:00 – 17:30 Coffee Break
17:30 – 19:00 2nd Plenary Session
The International in Constitutional Adjudication and
the Constitutional in International Adjudication
Plenary Paper: Joseph H.H. Weiler
Chair: Hélène Ruiz Fabri
Discussants: Ran Hirschl and Gráinne de Búrca


Saturday, June 28, 2014, European University Institute, Badia Fiesolana

9:00  – 11:00 Panels (concurrent)
11:00 – 11:30 Coffee Break
11:30 – 13:00 3rd Plenary Session
Gender and the Boundaries of Public  Law
Plenary paper: Ruth Rubio Marin
Chair: Sabino Cassese
Discussants: Mattias Kumm and Marta Cartabia
13:00 Lunch

The International Society of Public Law looks forward to welcoming you to Florence in June, and invites all public law scholars, whether attending this inaugural event or not, to join the Society here.


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