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School of Law Alumni Series: The Case Against A Written Constitution

When: Wednesday, May 18, 2022, 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Where: Online,

Please note, this event has been postponed. A new date will be announced in due course.

We are pleased to invite you to our next Alumni Seminar with Dr Jo Murkens, who will be talking about 'The Case Against A Written Constitution'.

About the seminar

Whether the United Kingdom needs a written constitution is a staple of British constitutional debates. Over the years, the fault-lines have shifted from whether to incorporate a Bill of Rights to much deeper disagreement with respect to the people and the central power of the state. In this talk I will neither endorse the conservative case against a written constitution, nor will I argue for the existing constitution to be codified. Instead, I first assess the content of various proposals for a written constitution. I then problematize the process of constitution-making by asking not whether the UK constitution should be codified, but by relating the constitution to the people as the authors and to the state as its object.

About the Speaker

Jo Murkens is Associate Professor in the School of Law at the London School of Economics and Political Science. He studied English and European Law at Queen Mary University and Copenhagen. He wrote his PhD at the European University Institute in Florence. He has published in the areas of public law, EU law, and comparative constitutional law, and is a member of the editorial board of Public Law.

**Please note this is an online event and that all registrants will be sent joining details on the day.

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