CCTL seminar – ‘New Dominion Constitutionalism and New Directions in Comparative Constitutional Research’ (Online)

CCTL seminar- New Dominion Constitutionalism and New Directions in Comparative Constitutional Research (Online)

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: 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.

Programme Rundown:

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.


07 Jul 2020


8:00 pm - 9:30 pm