Constitutional Legacies of Empire - Call for Papers

Proposals are sought for papers to be given at a workshop on ‘Constitutional Legacies of Empire’. The workshop, which will take place on Thursday 23 and Friday 24 May 2019 at the University of Glasgow, is funded by the Society of Legal Scholars and the University of Glasgow School of Law.

The workshop seeks to explore the ways in which the development of the United Kingdom’s constitutional order was influenced by the exigencies or conveniences of its status as an imperial power, and the manner in which the constitution’s current form reflects that imperial past.

Any proposal for a paper which fits the workshop theme is welcome. Possible topics include the following:

  • the law of citizenship and nationality after Empire
  • the law of act of state in imperial and post-imperial context
  • the prerogative power and Empire
  • the Crown and Empire
  • Scotland and Empire
  • the United Kingdom, Empire, and Ireland
  • Parliament as imperial legislature
  • immigration law as an artefact of Empire
  • martial law in imperial context
  • managing the constitutional legacy of Empire
  • de-imperialising the constitution

Proposals are welcomed from scholars at any stage in their career (including doctoral researchers). Given the topic of the workshop, proposals from those who have experience of the United Kingdom’s former colonies are particularly welcome.

Proposals for papers are due by 31 October 2018 and should be sent to, as should any queries regarding the workshop. Acceptance will be notified by 16 November 2018.