24 January 2013
CONFERENCE: Constitutional Reform and the Commonwealth Caribbean
Democratic Legitimacy and Constituent Power.
19 of April 2013- The Court Room, Senate House, London WC1E 7HU
Professor Simeon McIntosh, formerly Dean of Law Faculty at the University of the West Indies. Professor McIntosh has written extensively on the topic of constitutional reform in the Commonwealth Caribbean - Caribbean Constitutional Reform: Rethinking the West Indian Polity, (Caribbean Law Publishing Company, 2002) - and is currently responsible for redrafting the Constitution of Grenada. As part of this process Professor McIntosh has consulted extensively with civil society organisations in Grenada and with members of the Grenadian diaspora in the United States. His paper is entitled ‘Constitution Founding in the Commonwealth Caribbean: Re-drafting the Grenada Constitution.’
Dr Joel Colon-Rios, Victoria University of Wellington Law School (by videolink). Dr Joel Colon-Rios is the author of Weak Constitutionalism: Democratic Legitimacy and the Question of Constituent Power (Routledge: 2012) in which he engages with Anglo-American constitutional theory as well as examining the theory and practise of constituent power in different constitutional regimes (including Latin American countries) where constituent power has become an important part of the left’s legal and political discourse. His paper is entitled ‘Constituent Power and Constitutional Reform: A Latin American Perspective’.
Dr Derek O’Brien, Principal Lecturer Oxford Brookes University. Dr O’Brien has written numerous journal articles on Commonwealth Caribbean constitutionalism and is currently completing a monograph on the Constitutional Law Systems of the Commonwealth Caribbean for Hart Publishing. His paper is entitled ‘The Challenges of Post-Independence Constitutional Reform in the Commonwealth Caribbean.’
Se-shauna Wheatle is a Jamaican Rhodes scholar and Lecturer in Law at Exeter College, University of Oxford. She is the co-author with Derek O’Brien of a paper on the new Jamaican Charter of Fundamental Rights and Freedoms (Public Law, forthcoming). Her paper is entitled, ‘Re-drafting the Jamaican Constitution: The Charter of Fundamental Rights and Freedoms.’
Convenor: Dr Derek O’Brien, Principal Lecturer Oxford Brookes University mailto: do’firstname.lastname@example.org