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Схема проезда
Сравнительное конституционное право: теория и методология с точки зрения конституционных реформ (2009-2012)
Информация о проекте в 2011/2012 году   Сравнительное конституционное право: теория и методология с точки зрения конституционных реформ (2009-2012))


Comparative Constitutional Law:
Theory and Methodology in the Context of Constitutional Reforms Project

The central problems of the project – human rights, separation of powers and constitutional review – are of crucial importance for all transitional countries of post-Soviet region because of theoretical as well as practical actuality in the process of current constitutional reforms. At the same time this subject provides a good opportunity to discuss general questions of constitutional theory and practice, such as   comparative constitutional engineering, constitutional review, and constitutional amendments and to orient audience towards a creative use of new theoretical, methodological and curricular approaches in their respective countries. The aim of this new project is to explore the genesis and characteristic features of the Russian and post-soviet models of separation of powers from an interdisciplinary perspective. The project is envisioned to provide possible explanations to these models (and accompanying developments) in the light of arguments emerging in the recent constitutional debates Russia, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, Moldova, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, Uzbekistan.

 Via exploring and discussing the evolution of constitutional arrangements in these contexts in an interdisciplinary manner the project hopes to contribute to the advancement of undergraduate education in constitutionalism in post-Soviet countries. As one of its main aims, the project seeks to orient its participants towards a creative use of new theoretical, methodological and curricular approaches in their own academic work.

 The project provides an excellent opportunity to discuss classical questions of constitutional theory and practice, such as comparative constitutional engineering, constitutional review, and constitutional amendments. Via its individual research component, participants are encouraged to explore and explain constitutional changes in the post-Soviet countries, to analyse separation of powers conflicts, to reflect on legal and administrative reforms in their countries and to reflect on new trends and development.

 Through the medium of teaching comparative constitutional law the project will seek to introduce and strengthen familiarity with an interactive teaching methodology that is still largely unfamiliar and under explored in this region. Participants are expected to draw upon their experiences in rethinking the curricula of core and advanced university courses, and also to benefit from innovative, critical and creative approaches when teaching this complex subject matter.

 The Project will be realized in three consequent stages (2009-2012). Each of them will be devoted to one special problem concerning separation of powers in the region (tentatively):

  • Theoretical grounds and constitutional implementation (2009/2010 academic year);
  • Constitutional interpretation and adjudication (2010/2011 academic year);
  • Constitutional amendments from normative and political perspective (2011/2012 academic year).
 Structure of the Project:
  • Two-week summer sessions
  • Annual winter one-day workshops
  • Intersession activities
Entry requirements:
Applicants must have an academic and teaching background in the field of separation of powers and a sound working knowledge of core texts, theories, trends in research and teaching. Applicants must be familiar with relevant constitutional and legal norms and jurisprudence in their own country and be aware of challenges the country faces.

Applicants must be under 35 years old; have high level of English proficiency (preferably documented with a language proficiency exam), with substantial teaching experience at university level for no less than 2 years in the field of constitutional law, constitutional theory and / or political science.

Preference will be given to individuals who have completed (or are near the completion of) their first doctorate. Project participants will be encouraged to actively pursue the opportunities for professional advancement within their home academic environments.

Applicants are requested to submit the following documents:

  •  Application form with personal information;
  • Curriculum Vitae (in English);
  • List of publications;
  • Statement of purpose / motivation letter (2 pages max., in English);
  • Short essay concerning separation of powers debates in the applicant’s home country (3-5 pages, in English – to be used in course materials);
  • List of recommended books/articles (10 items max., of which at least 5 should be in English) which the applicant regards relevant to the topic of the project.

Applications must be submitted to the Institute of Law and Public Policy via electronic mail: .

Note: Participants are responsible to obtain their own visas on the basis of visa support provided by the organizers. In order to allow sufficient time for obtaining visas, early applications are encouraged. The passports of the participants should be valid unti.

The Institute of Law and Public Policy will cover all related travel costs (economy fare) and will provide full local accommodation.

 In case if you have any questions please contact:

Institute of Law and Public Policy
Olga Sidorovich
Tel. +7 495 608 69 59/66-35
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