Subnational Constitutions and Federalism: Design & Reform

The Center for State Constitutional Studies conducted a conference on "Subnational Constitutions and Federalism: Design & Reform" on March 22-27, 2004, at the Rockefeller Foundation's conference site in Bellagio, Italy. Attending the conference were authors who participated in the Center's "State Constitutions for the Twenty-first Century" project, together with representatives from ten other federal democracies. The agenda for the conference is listed below. Click here to access conference materials or click the name of a conference participant below to access his/her contribution.

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March 23

Session 1: Rights Guarantees and Subnational Constitutions
Robert Williams, USA
Ted Morton, Canada

Session 2: Federalism, Minorities, and Rights
John White, USA
Josef Marko, Austria

Session 3: Subnational Constitutionalism and Quasi-Constitutionalism in Systems in Transition
Tsegaye Regassa, Ethiopia
Beniamino Caravita, Italy
Luis Moreno, Spain

March 24

Session 1: The Legislative Branch
Michael Libonati, USA
Antonio Hernandez, Argentina

Session 2: The Executive Branch
Thad Beyle, USA
Isawa Elaigwu, Nigeria

Session 3: The Judicial Branch
Alan Tarr, USA
Ulrich Karpen, Germany

March 25

Session 1: Public Policy & Subnational Constitutions
Barton Thompson, USA
Paul Tractenberg, USA
Allan Brewer-Carias, Venezuela

Session 2: Voting & Elections; Constitutional Change
Gerald Benjamin, USA
James Gardner, USA
Manuel Gonzalez-Oropeza, Mexico

March 26

Session 1: Local Government
Michael Libonati, USA
Marat Salikov, Russia

Session 2: Taxing, Spending, & Borrowing
Richard Briffault, USA
Celina Souza, Brazil

Session 3: Future Directions