Public Conference: Constitutional Designs for Europe and New European States


Saturday June 28, 2014 Edinburgh 10:00-15:00
Quaker Meeting House
7 Victoria Terrace
Edinburgh EH1 2JL

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Dr. Mark McNaught, Assistant Professor of US Civilization University of Rennes, France: Introduction and commentary on the newly released interim constitution.

Dr. Nicolas Levrat: Director of the Institute of Global Studies Institute at the University of Geneva:  Scotland, the Day After: 19 September 2014. Scotland successfully votes itself out of the UK. What is the legal situation of Scotland, as regard international and European Law? Which rules apply? Are there any procedures to be followed, by Scotland as an independent political entity, by individuals residing in Scotland, by Companies operating or registered in Scotland? A general and prospective investigation tries to offer some clues.

Sir David Edward: former judge Court of Justice of European Communities, Professor Emeritus at the University of Edinburgh:  Adaptation of EU Institutions: In what ways can EU institutions adapt to facilitate the entry of Scotland and Catalonia into the EU in the event of a vote for independence without exclusion. Could these reforms be tied to broader EU institutional reforms desired by the UK and other member states?

Brent Lloyd: Environmental Lawyer in Austin, Texas: Constitutional Environmentalism: A Foundation for a Sustainable Scotland.  A discussion of how a constitution can be used to protect and advance environmental values, with reference to specific proposals for a Scottish constitution and the potential to impact regional and global environmental challenges.

Dr. Mark McNaught: Constitutional adaptation of the r-UK: If Scotland votes for independence, how could the UK constitutionally adapt? What are mechanisms whereby the UK could adopt its own written constitution, and create a federal system in which England, Wales, and Northern Ireland could function in equilibrium over the long term? How could powers for the devolved parliaments, the Westminster Houses, the Monarchy, and local governments be codified in such a way as to provide satisfactory and sustainable arrangements well into the future?

A significant amount of time will be devoted to questions and discussion.