Constitutions : On-going Revolutions in the U.S. and Europe

International Conference : May 30 and 31, 2013.

Les constitutions : des révolutions à l’épreuve du temps aux Etats-Unis et en Europe. /
Constitutions : On-going Revolutions in the U.S. and Europe.

Constitutions have attained a special significance in modern democracies.
Often the outcome of revolution or upheaval, with time they become
themselves documents that preserve the judicial and political continuity of
a nation. Or do they ? This conference will explore the changing patterns
in the use and interpretation of constitutions as they have evolved in the
U.S. and in European nations, sometimes in ways that are themselves
revolutionary.

The conference will take place on Thursday May 30 and Friday May 31, 2013 at
the University of Auvergne School of Law and Political Science, in
Clermont-Ferrand
. It will be organized into three thematic sections in
which the U.S. and European experiences will be compared and contrasted by
scholars of history and law :

  •  1) “The Revolutionary Constitution” or the birth of the revolution ;
  •  2) "The Peaceful Revolution” or revolution through the constitution ;
  •  3) “The Permanent Revolution” or the denatured constitution.

    This conference is co-organized by :

    Marie-Elisabeth Baudoin, maître de conférences en droit public, Université d’Auvergne, Centre Michel de l’Hospital (CMH).
    Marie Bolton, maître de conférences en histoire américaine, Université
    Blaise Pascal, Centre d’Histoire : Espaces et Cultures (CHEC).