Referendums and Europe: Filling the Democratic Gap / Professor Stephen Tierney (University of Edinburgh)
Stephen Tierney is a Professor of Constitutional Theory at the University of Edinburgh School of Law and the Director of the Edinburgh Centre for Constitutional Law. He is also the author of the forthcoming OUP monograph ‘Constitutional Referendums: The Theory and Practice of Republican Deliberation’ (2012).
In this guest seminar, Stephen Tierney will reflect on the proliferation of the constitutional referendum as a mechanism of constitutional change over the past thirty years. He will focus in particular on the use of the referendum in processes of European Union treaty accession and integration, discussing the challenges referendums pose not only for the European project but for our understanding of the relationship between democracy and constitutional sovereignty.
The paper stems from a broader project on referendums to be published as 'Constitutional Referedums: The Theory and Practice of Republican Deliberation' to be published by OUP in 2012.