From Imagination to Fundamentals

Constitutions and constitution making for the peoples of Europe

Events / Tue 07 Jun 2022 14:00

Democratic constitutions express how people see their own world, the rights and obligations in the model of society they want to build.

In the field of constitutions, most scholarly attention has been given to Nation-States’ constitutional processes, but we have still a lot to explore about how minority peoples have achieved legal recognition for themselves.

Accepted or not as official texts, these constitutions and constitutional projects represent a critical step in the path towards self-determination and recognition for these peoples.

In this webinar, we shed some light upon the aims and the challenges of constitution-making approaching to several constitutional processes in Europe, both recognised and unrecognised, from Scotland, Wales, Catalonia and the Hungarian minority of Transilvania, to already independent countries that faced the approval of their constitutions a short time ago, like Kosovo and Slovenia.


7 of June 2022

Opening Remarks
  • Xabier Macias
    President of Coppieters Foundation.
  • Daniel Turp
    Member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the Coppieters Foundation
    Emeritus Professor at the Faculty of Law of the Université de Montréal. Chair of the IRAI.
14.15 - 15.15
First Working Session: Constitutions and Constitution-Making for Catlunya, Scotland and Wales

Speakers / cases:

  • WALES / Huw Evans. Lecturer in Law, Cardiff Met University.
  • SCOTLAND/ W. Elliot Bulmer, Sunday National columnist.
  • CATALONIA / Jordi Domingo, Lawyer.

Chaired by

  • Alan Sandry.  Senior lecturer at Swansea University.
15:25 – 16:25
Constitutions and Constitution-Making for Peoples of Eastern and Central Europe

Speakers / cases.

  • HUNGARY / TRANSILVANIA: Attila Dabis, International Coordinator of the Institute for the Protection of Minority Rights.
  • KOSOVO (to be confirmed)
  •  SLOVENIA: Ana Stanic, CEO of E&A law V.

Chaired by

  • Alan Sandry, Senior lecturer at Swansea University. 
16:30 - 17:00
Closing Remarks
  • Daniel Turp. Member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the Coppieters Foundation. Emeritus Professor at the Faculty of Law of the Université de Montréal.


When: 7 June 2022 at 14:00 (CET)
Where: online –



Translation to/from French and English will be provided



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This event is financially supported by the European Parliament. The European Parliament is not liable for the content of the event nor the opinions of the speakers.

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This is a joint event of Coppieters Foundation, the Welsh Nationalism Foundation and IRAI.

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