10 November 2011, 6.15pm

“Some reflections on the concept of constitutional pluralism”

Opening Lecture

Martin Loughlin

Aula Campus Bockenheim

Within the last decade or so, a new concept has made its presence felt in the world of legal scholarship: the concept of constitutional pluralism. The term has been adopted by a significant
number of scholars in a variety of contexts and using different methodologies. But behind these differences, there appears to be a common claim. This is that we are able to grasp the nature
of the changes affecting the activity of governing in the contemporary world – and certainly to be able to respond effectively to them – only if ‘we posit a framework which identifies multiple sites of constitutional discourse and authority’. This is (to me) a puzzling notion. In my presentation, I will offer some sceptical reflections on the nature and utility of this novel concept.

Martin Loughlin is Professor of Public Law and Head of the Department of Law at the London School of Economics & Political Science, having previously held appointments at the Universities of Manchester, Glasgow and Warwick. His publications include Local Government in the Modern State (1986), Public Law and Political Theory (1992), Legality and Locality: The Role of Law in Central-Local Government Relations (1996), Sword and Scales (2000), The Idea of Public Law (2003) and Foundations of Public Law (2011). He is a member of The Editorial Boards of The Modern Law Review, Journal of Contemporary Legal Issues and Jus Politicum: Revue de droit politique and an editor of the OUP book series, Oxford Constitutional Theory. He was a Leverhulme Major Research Fellow from 2000-02, a Fellow at the Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin in 2007-08 and is a Fellow of the British Academy.


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