Symposium on Global Constitutionalism: Asia-Pacific Perspectives

28 – 29 March 2019

The Symposium on “Global Constitutionalism: Asia-Pacific Perspectives” hosted by the CUHK Law was held on 28 – 29 March 2019. The Symposium brought together a diverse group of scholars to discuss how polities in the Asia-Pacific region respond to the global spread of ideas and institutions of constitutionalism, and why they respond in a certain way.

The Symposium featured the keynote speaker, Professor Cheryl Saunders, Laureate Professor Emeritus at Melbourne Law School and President Emeritus of the International Association of Constitutional Law, who explored the extent to which if at all, the very concept of a constitution is undergoing change in the conditions of globalization with particular reference to Asia. Participants explored the interrelated global, transnational, and local aspects of constitution-making, judicial review, and scholarly discourse with reference to East Asia (mainland China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Japan, and South Korea), Southeast Asia (Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, and Vietnam), South Asia (Bangladesh, India, and Sri Lanka), and the Pacific states (Fiji, Kiribati, Nauru, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu and Vanuatu).