The British & Irish Chapter aims to pursue the mission of the ICON Society by conforming a forum for interdisciplinary debate concerning public law development, serving as a bridge between the local and international academy in relevant fields of public law.

The chapter seeks to work with the Society to promote awareness about its upcoming events globally and promote the work, incorporation and training of early career scholars and students, all within the framework of the society and its diverse academic spaces.

The British & Irish Chapter aims at offering a space for local legal scholarship to deepen its involvement in public law debates taking place on both a local and global scale, thus encouraging dialogue with scholars from diverse legal traditions, hence why it welcomes young scholars and practitioners from law and other social sciences to take part in what is expected to be a fruitful academic exchange within and outside of the chapter’s boundaries.

Chapter Members

Co-Chairs of the British and Irish Chapter are Aoife O’Donoghue (Queen’s University Belfast); Aileen McHarg (Durham); Jo Murkens (LSE). 

Current Advisory Members of the British and Irish Chapter include Christine Bell (Edinburgh);  Gráinne de Búrca (NYU); Paul Craig (Oxford); Deirdre Curtin (EUI); Sionaidh Douglas Scott (QMUL); Mike Gordon (Liverpool); Joanne Hunt (Cardiff); Aileen Kavanagh (Trinity College Dublin);  Chris McCorkindale (University of Strathclyde); Chris McCrudden (QUB); Rory O’Connell (University of Ulster);  Conor O’Mahony (University College Cork); Gavin Phillipson   (Bristol); Iyiola Solanke (Leeds)


Upcoming Chapter Events and Activities

The Brexit Challenge for Ireland and the United Kingdom: Constitutions under Pressure (Cambridge University Press, 2021).

This collection, edited by Oran Doyle, Aileen McHarg and Jo Murkens was published in August 2021. A formal book launch was held in Fall 2021.

Covid, Crisis and the Constitution – Webinar June 16th 2021 1-2pm

The online seminar was co-hosted by the Chapter as well as and TriCON (Trinity Centre for Constitutional Governance) and the Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence in Constitutional Governance in Europe at Trinity College Dublin.

The seminar assumed that the pandemic had a profound effect on the lives, health and relationships of individuals, and went on to inquire what impact it has had on the constitutional framework and the norms which underpin that framework. Drawing on comparative examples from the UK, Ireland, Europe and far beyond, in conversation with leading experts in the field, this seminar asked: How are governments responding to Covid19 in a changing field? And how are constitutions framing and shaping those responses?

Call(s) For Papers

No ongoing calls for papers.

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