8:45 – 9:00 Introduction and Greeting

Tony Smith (University of California, Irvine)

9:00 – 10:30 The European Legal Order: Continuity and Change

Chair James Kelly (Concordia University)

Papers Walter Carnota (University of Buenos Aires) – “‘Brexit’ and the European Legal order,"

Michael Tolley (Northeastern University) – “Rights Protection in Europe: On the Relationship between the Court of Justice of the European Union, the Court of Human Rights and High National Courts"

 Dagmar Soennecken (York University) – “Theorizing Legal Mobilization in Europe: Do Dogs Bark Differently in Europe?”

10:30 – 11:00 Coffee Break

11:00 – 12:30 Methodoligical Approaches to Judicial Institutions

Chair Michael Tolley (Northeastern University)

Papers James Kelly (Concordia University) – “The Supreme Court of Canada as an Implementer-dependent Institution: Contentious Moral Issues and Strong-form Legislative Responses”

Andrew C. Banfield (Australian National University), Julie K. Banfield (Australian National University) and Matthew Kerby (Australian National University) – “Simulating Justices: Career Trajectory and the Supreme Court of Canada”

Rhonda L. Evans (The University of Texas at Austin) – “Measuring the Political Salience of the High Court of Australia’s Agenda, 1995-2016

12:30 – 2:00 Lunch
2:00 – 3:30 Constitutional Courts and Strategic Actors

Papers Fabricio Ricardo de Limas Tomio, Ilton Norberto Robl Filho, and Rodrigo Luís Kanayama (Federal University, Brazil) – “Comparative studies on Constitutional Courts: the role of abstract judicial review at consensualism of decisional process and on democratic stability in Latin America (Brazil and Mexico) and in Iberian Peninsula”

Tony Smith (University of California, Irvine) and Patty Rodda (University of California, Irvine) - "Lawyers Revolting, Revolting Lawyers: the Bench and Bar in Transitional Governments (Latin America)

Stefanie Vedder (University of Kassel) – “A Fight for Authority: Strategic Actions of National Courts in a Multi-Level System”


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