Section: About the Centre

Visitor programme

Becoming a visitor

To find out more about programmes and procedures for visitors at Edinburgh Law School, please see here.

Current and past visitors

January 2015-present

Carlotta Redi is an ESRC Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University of Edinburgh and a Fellow of the Centre, as well as the Centre of Constitutional Change, working with Professor Tierney.

October-December 2015

Irene Sobrino Guijarro (Professor at the University of Seville) visited as a MacCormick Fellow, working on questions linked to the relationship between “territory” and “equality” in federal systems.

August 2015

Sara Parolari visited from the Institute for Studies on Federalism and Regionalism, working on the measures to be introduced in Scotland within the “devo-max” project, the possible proposals for further devolution to Wales and Northern Ireland, and the possible responses to the English Question.

April-August 2015

Thomas P. Crocker (Professor at the University of South Carolina School of Law) was again a MacCormick Fellow, working on two projects: his book, Overcoming Necessity: Emergency, Constraint, and the Meanings of American Constitutionalism (Yale University Press), and early research another project, The  Constitution  of  Ethical  Life:  Privacy,  Community,  and  the  Liberal State.

November 2014-January 2015

Vito Breda visited as a MacCormick Fellow from the University of Southern Queensland, Australia. He studied the constitutional implications, in theory and practice, of the 2014 consultative referendum on Scottish independence.

April-June 2014

Erin F. Delaney, Assistant Professor of Law at Northwestern University School of Law, visited as a MacCormick Fellow. Her research focused on the role played by the judiciary in UK constitutional change.

March 2014

Jose R. Polo, Professor at the University of Malaga, carried out research on "the constitutional principles that rule the relations between Church and State particularly in Scotland and also in the UK’s legal system, as part of a broader co mparative study of the Law on Church and State in the member states of the European Union."

September 2013

Alberto López Basaguren, Professor of Constitutional Law at the University of the Basque Country (UPV/EHU) in Bilbao, Spain.

June-August 2013

Thomas P. Crocker visited from the University of South Carolina Law School and presented a paper titled ‘Character, Identity, and Public Necessity in the American Constitution’. More information can be found here. 

April-May 2013

Zoran Oklopcic visited from as a MacCormick Fellow and presented a paper titled ‘Matryoshkas in the Periphery, or, Should Constitutional Pluralism be Provincialized?’ (more information here). He also presented papers in two conferences organised by the Centre: ‘Referendums and Constitutional Change: Quebec and Scotland in Focus’, 29-30 April 2013 and the ‘Nationalism and Globalisation: New Settings, New Challenges’, 23-24 May 2013. 

May 2011

Maria Agius visited from Uppsala University, Sweden and delivered a paper titled ‘The new global law and the interfacing of legal orders: The constitutional implications of regime collision’. 

January- September 2011

Elisenda Casañas Adam visited for one year from the Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona to undertake a project titled ‘Multilevel human rights protection in the UK: The new Supreme Court and the proposals for a Bill of Rights within the complex nature of the State.’ 

October 2010  

Barry Cushman is James Monroe Distinguished Professor of Law, University of Virginia Law School. He visited the Centre and offered a Centre seminar titled ‘Outlaws of Commerce: Federal Power and Social Reform in the Progressive Era’.  

July, August and November 2010 

Mark Walters is Professor and Associate Dean in the law faculty at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario. Professor Walters addressed two main research interests. The first focused upon constitutional law and sub-state national groups, in particular indigenous peoples in former colonies. The second main area of interest embraced legal and constitutional theory, mainly from an historical perspective and in this regard he undertook work on AV Dicey, offering a centre seminar in November on Dicey.  

July 2010 

Albert Noguera Fernández is Professor of Constitutional Law at University of Extremadura (Spain). His main research interests are the new Latin American constitutionalism, Social Rights and State Theory and Democracy, topics on which he has written several books and articles. He has been adviser to the Constituent Assembly of Bolivia (2006–2009) and Ecuador (2007–2009). His research work at the Edinburgh Centre for Constitutional Law was based on an analysis of how, since its origins, constitutional justice has always presented an anti-majoritorian character in open contradiction with the ideal and theoretical notion of democracy. Having identified the reasons for this contradiction, the research referred to how, during the last decades, new constitutions have emerged in Latin America resulting from processes of political change, especially the ones in the Andean region of the continent, and how these have incorporated innovative mechanisms of democratisation of society and the state, including democratisation mechanisms that allow constitutional justice begin to overcome the old contradiction noted.

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