CUHK LAW Professor Mara Malagodi edited with Professors Luke McDonagh (City, University of London) and Thomas Poole (London School of Economics and Political Science) a symposium on New Dominion Constitutionalism for the International Journal of Constitutional Law (ICON) in issue 17:4, available here: https://academic.oup.com/icon/issue/17/4. The Symposium sketched the legal configuration of New Dominion status as the first constitutional model of note to manage political transitions on a global scale. Dominionhood originally represented a halfway house between colonial dependence and postcolonial independence, as developed in Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and South Africa. By contrast, New Dominion constitutionalism refers to the transitional constitutional form developed after World War I in Ireland (1922–1937)—the “Bridge Dominion”—and the post-World War II “New” Dominions of India (1947–1950), Pakistan (1947–1956), and Ceylon (later Sri Lanka, 1948–1972).
This seminar will officially launch this symposium, introduce the concept and case studies of New Dominion Constitutionalism, and discuss how this research opens up new avenues in comparative constitutional scholarship.
Welcome and introduction of the panelists: Prof. Christopher Roberts
Prof. Thomas Poole: New Dominion constitutionalism at the twilight of the British Empire: An introduction
Prof. Peter Oliver: “Dominion status”: History, framework and context
Dr. Luke McDonagh: Losing Ireland, losing the Empire: Dominion status and the Irish Constitutions of 1922 and 1937
Prof. Rohit De: Between midnight and republic: Theory and practice of India’s Dominion status
Prof. Mara Malagodi: Dominion status and the origins of authoritarian constitutionalism in Pakistan
Prof. Rehan Abeyratne: Uncertain sovereignty: Ceylon as a Dominion 1948–1972
Commentary: Prof. Melissa Crouch
About the Speakers:
Prof. Rehan Abeyratne, CUHK LAW
Prof. Rohit De, Yale University
Prof. Mara Malagodi, CUHK LAW
Dr. Luke McDonagh, London School of Economics and Political Science
Prof. Peter Oliver, University of Ottawa
Prof. Thomas Poole, London School of Economics and Political Science
Commentator: Prof. Melissa Crouch, University of New South Wales
Chair: Prof. Christopher Roberts, CUHK LAW
The Law Society of Hong Kong has awarded this seminar 1.5 Continuing Professional Development (CPD) points.