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Centre for Global Constitutionalism

The Centre for Global Constitutionalism (CGC) provides an institutional home for the exploration of constitutionalism at the national, regional, and global levels. The Centre’s programmes, projects, and people are oriented toward the clarification and consolidation of constitutionalism as a political project.




The Centre grew out of previously exisiting programmes at the University of St Andrews - notably the Rethinking the Rules project and the Wilson Programme in Constitutional Studies. These programmes have been combined into a single Centre designed to house various initiatives and bring together scholars and policy analysts from the United Kingdom, Europe, North America, and the Middle East, to expand its regional and conceptual range. The Centre draws upon expertise in the disciplines of law, history, international relations, philosophy, regional studies and religion, making it a site for interdisciplinary work focused on the diverse ways in which constitutionalism shapes the global political order.

Sir David Edward – Public Lecture

Thursday 25th September 2014

School III at 5pm

Constitutional Implications of the Independence Referendum

The Centre for Global Constitutionalism is delighted to announce that Sir David Edward, a former UK judge of the European Court of Justice, will give a public lecture on Thurs 25th September at 5pm in School III addressing the constitutional implications of the independence referendum, the issues that the debate over the last two years has raised and what the result may mean for the UK constitution and the constitution of Scotland.

Sir David will ask what the role is of referenda in a parliamentary democracy, whether the result of such votes should be definitive, and also whether the Scottish government, regardless of its political hue, is entitled to negotiate for Scotland’s future. Where now?

The lecture is free and all are welcome. Please register your interest in coming on the event page by clicking 'Going/Maybe' and you will be notified of any updates to the programme.

For more information: Constitutional Implications of the Independence Referendum (PDF, 414 KB)