Presentation by Professor Ted White, Wednesday 1 October 2014 at 2.00pm

On Wednesday 1 October at 2.00pm in the Ken Mason Suite (Old College) Professor Ted White, David and Mary Harrison Distinguished Professor of Law at the University of Virginia, will speak on his book

The Constitution and the New Deal

Professor White will discuss what was then the “conventional” view of the relationship between the Roosevelt administration’s introduction of a plan to enlarge the membership of the Supreme Court of the United States and a shift in the Court’s constitutional jurisprudence that occurred in the late 1930s and early 1940s. He will set forth the conventional view and criticise it, then propose an alternative view.

The meeting will be followed by the usual informal reception

CLDG Forum | ‘Constitutional Implications of the Independence Referendum’, Tuesday 30 September 2014 at 3.00pm

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On Tuesday 30 September at 3.00pm in Room 364 (third floor, Old College) the CLDG will host an open discussion on

‘Constitutional Implications of the Independence Referendum’

The intention is simply to provide a space for reflection and debate on the constitutional implications of the Scottish independence referendum, for both Scotland and the rest of the UK. Rather than having a presentation format, a series of questions will be posed at the beginning by the facilitator, Kenneth Campbell QC (and PhD at Edinburgh Law School), to provide a semi-structured format. Suggestions regarding questions to discuss at the meeting are more than welcome and may be sent to the Convenor at

The meeting will be followed by the usual informal reception.

MacCormick Seminar: Prof. Alessandro Torre, Tuesday 23 September 2014 at 3.00pm

On Tuesday 23 September at 3.00pm in Room 364 (third floor, Old College) Prof. Alessandro Torre, Professor of Constitutional Law, University of Bari ‘Aldo Moro’ Dept. of Law, will give a MacCormick seminar on

‘Constitutional Reform and Politics – the Italian Case’

Prof. Torre will speak for approximately 30 minutes, followed by commentary from Dr Elisenda Casanas Adam.

The meeting will be followed by the usual informal reception.

Join Our Google+ Hangout: Online Academic Referendum Roundtable, 18-19 September

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The CLDG has partnered with Objective Referendum Scotland, which will be running a Google+ Hangout from 7.00am on the morning of Thursday 18 September until 9.00am Friday morning, to provide a private exchange forum on the day of the referendum vote for interested academics to discuss the process, share their experiences and come together to observe a monumental event in British constitutional history.

Participants can choose to engage by video chat, audio, text, or the ’Applause’ feature. To find out more about Google+ Hangouts, check out this video:

The Hangout will proceed under the following basic guidelines:
1   Participation will be private, invite-only, and not open to the wider public.
2   It is intended for professional academic discussion, not partisanship or campaigning.
3   ‘Chatham House’ rules will be applied: in the interest of frank, open academic conversation, any statements or opinions expressed are not to be attributed to any particular individual outside of the exchange.
4   Minutes of the exchange may be provided at a later date, omitting attribution of opinions to any individual speaker.

The forum will be open throughout the night (sleep is for the weak!) and you can jump in and out of the discussion as you wish.


Gearing Up for A Great Year

Summer has ended, there’s referendum fever in the air, and the CLDG is gearing up for another year of events. Established in October 2012, the CLDG is now entering its third year, following two highly successful years that have seen it go from strength to strength. The aim this year is to maintain this standard, and to retain the mixture of high-quality presentations, different formats, informal atmosphere and high attendance rate which has made it a valuable addition to the Law School’s calendar.

That’s not to say we are content to rest on our laurels: over the summer the website has been renovated and expanded, and the CLDG has enhanced its links with the Edinburgh Centre for Constitutional Law, emphasising the CLDG’s focus on enhancing the links between postgraduate researchers and staff at the Law School and providing a forum for fruitful exchange between doctoral students, early career researchers and more established scholars both within and beyond the Law School.

An exciting schedule of events is currently being finalised for the autumn semester: see the ‘Forthcoming Events’ section. First up this year is Prof. Allessandro Torre, of University of Bari ‘Aldo Moro’, Department of Law, who will present on ‘Constitutional Reform and Politics – the Italian Case’, with our own Dr Elisenda Casanas Adam as discussant. The talk will be in Room 364, Old College, on Tuesday 23 September at 3.00pm.

The CLDG will also provide a forum for discussion of the forthcoming referendum on Scottish independence; whether a ‘yes’ or ‘no’ vote, it will provoke profound constitutional questions and debate for years to come.

Feedback, suggestions for events and queries are more than welcome, and can be sent to

Finally, a very significant debt is owed to my outgoing Co-Convenor, Silvia Suteu, who co-founded the CLDG in 2012 and who has been key to its success to date. You’ll be missed, Silvia!

Tom Gerald Daly  |  Convenor