Activity: Participating in or organising an event types › Public Engagement – Public lecture/debate/seminar
This year’s lecturer is Professor Christine Bell. Her lecture will examine constitutional transitions, whereby countries move from one constitution to another outside of the normal processes of constitutional reform or amendment, and will attempt to re-frame recent and proposed future UK constitutional developments in terms of their transitional dimension in this sense. The lecture will explore the extent to which the British approach to constitutional transitions is particular to the peculiarities of the UK constitution as unwritten and pragmatically driven. It will be argued that ‘denial of transition’ has been a persistent device in responding to asserted demands for transition. Denial has both strengths and weaknesses for containing constitutional transitions as will be assessed. More provocatively, the lecture will suggest that understanding the dynamics of denial reveals a political complexion to the constitutional comparisons which the British public law tradition easily views as relevant to UK constitutional developments.