from June 2, 2022 to June 3, 2022
Published on April 22, 2022 Updated on January 20, 2023

A. V. Dicey (1835-1922) : Celebrating the centenary of the death of a British jurist, constitutionalist and political thinker

Venue: Université Paris II, Panthéon-Assas, Paris

International conference, coordinated by Catherine Marshall, CY AGORA

On the occasion of the centenary of the death of one of the greatest British jurists, Catherine Marshall (AGORA, CY Cergy Paris Université) and Céline Roynier (CPJP, CY Cergy Paris Université), in partnership with the Institut Michel Villey (Université Paris II Panthéon-Assas), will organize a two-day conference on June 2 and 3, 2022.
Like Blackstone in the previous century, Dicey held the Vinerian Professorship in English law at Oxford. He was the first to attempt to rationalize the unwritten constitution in order to teach it. Regularly cited in the decisions of British courts and, in particular, those of the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom today, Dicey's constitutional thinking still seems very much alive. However, when one opens British constitutional law books, only traces or "cosmetic" references to Dicey's constitutional thoughts remain.
It is therefore this general problem that these two days aim to address: to what extent should Dicey be read nowadays? What were his sources of inspiration? Has Dicey's constitutional thinking become a source of law? Or, on the contrary, has his thinking become "fossilized"? What are we to make of his conception of Anglo-British liberty? Finally, can Brexit lead to a revival of interest in the thinking that has so structured British constitutional law?

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