XII Ibero-American Constitutional Law Congress

“Institutional Design of the Democratic systems of Government”

Tribute to Fernando Hinestrosa and Carlos Restrepo Piedrahita

The Ibero-American Institute of Constitutional Law (IIDC) was created over 40 years ago with the aim of establishing channels of communication between Constitutional Law scholars and practitioners. This Institute has become a prestigious research center, and a outstanding space for the exchange of experience among Americans, Latin Americans and Europeans.

At the heart of the academic research activities conducted by the IIDC, and in an attempt to contribute to the consolidation of constitutional governments in Latin America, Ibero-American Constitutional Law Congress is widely recognized as event of high academic reputation. In fact, since its creation in 1974, the Ibero-American Constitutional Law Congress has been the most prestigious academic forum of discussion on Constitutional Law in the region. This Congress has inspired proposals for constitutional reforms applied to the States in the region, as well as led to worthy academic dialogue between its participants. In recent decades, it has served to build bridges between the American and Latin American constitutional law academies, fostering debates on constitutionalism, democracy and the relationship between law and government.

The Constitutional Law department of the Universidad Externado de Colombia has actively participated in this congresses with the goal of improving the design and functioning of Latin America democratic systems. Now, 16 years after hosting the event for the first time, the VI Ibero-American Congress, the Colombia National Chapter and the Constitutional Law Deparment of the Universidad Externado de Colombia, once again, have the exceptional task to organize and hold the Ibero-American Constitutional Law Congress. The university will have the special honor of welcoming to all national and international professors and researchers interested in discussing Constitutional Law theory and its practical challenges in the 21st century.

Governments and nation states are experiencing significant constitutional and institutional challenges. This poses appealing questions to the role of governments and nation states in conflict resolution, globalization, interaction of internal and international regulatory systems, and economic and democratic crises, such as: What should the State structure be in order to protect fundamental rights? What is the best government system for the region? How should relations among the public authorities be arbitrated? What instruments should be utilized to convey the citizens’ demand for participation in public affairs?

Professors, researchers, constitution and policy makers will address those questions in the XII Ibero-American Constitutional Law Congress to be held at Universidad Externado de Colombia, during September 16, 17 and 18, 2015.  In particular, this congress will focus on the following topics:

  1. Constitution building.
  2. Contemporary structure of the constitutional State.
  3. Relationships between Constitutional Law, International Law and global-judicial scenarios.
  4. Judiciary and judicial review.
  5. Challenges of presidential government systems.
  6. Legislative branch and the crisis of democracies.
  7. Institutional design and diversity.
  8. Territorial organization and its challenges.
  9. Economy and governments.

The Congress is entitled “Institutional Design of the Democratic Systems of Government” and pays tribute to Professors Fernando Hinestrosa Forero and Carlos Restrepo Piedrahita, for their invaluable scholarship. Both of them made outstanding contributions throughout Public Law and Private Law arenas, as well as fostered the development and the consolidation of the Ibero-American Institute of Constitutional Law.