Presentation by Erin F. Delaney, 20 May 2014

On Tuesday 20 May at 3.00pm in the Ken Mason Suite (Old College) Dr Erin F. Delaney, Assistant Professor of Law and Political Science, Northwestern University, gave a MacCormick Seminar on

Judiciary Rising? The UK Supreme Court and Theories of Judicial Empowerment’

Professor Delaney is a visiting MacCormick Fellow at the School of Law. Her research focuses on constitutional design and comparative constitutional law, with particular attention to the role of courts in multi-level governance systems.

Chair: Prof. Stephen Tierney

Presentation by Spyridon Flogaitis, 6 May 2014

On Tuesday 6 May at 3.00pm in the Ken Mason Suite (Old College), Professor Spyridon Flogaitis, Professor of Administrative Law at the University of Athens, and Director of the European Public Law Organization (EPLO), spoke on

The Rebirth of Public Powers in Europe,
From the Roman Empire to the Creation of States’

The talk was based on the first chapter of Prof. Flogaitis’s forthcoming book, The Evolution of Law and the State in Europe: Seven Lessons (Hart Publishing, 2014). Book details can be accessed at

Abstract: The formation of States started in the 14th century, mainly because the powers of the time had to get organized in order to address the needs of the wars among them. They were created around a powerful public administration which gradually became the spine of the states and the best servant of the princes, with the exception of England, where centralization was the result of the action of the judges and the Rule of Law.
The question is where the ingredients of the concept of the state and especially the idea of a strong public administration come from. They come from the late Roman Empire of Constantinople which was characterized by the introduction of the ministerial system and the development of a well organised public administration, and radiated civilization for more than a thousand years in Europe promoting the idea of res publica to the new nations through diplomacy, influences, wars, Christianity, weddings, and the crusades, the most massive cross-fertilization process of the times.

Chair: Tom Gerald Daly