Comparative Constitutional Studies – A new international journal

The Centre for Comparative Constitutional Studies at Melbourne Law School is proud to announce the launch of Comparative Constitutional Studies (‘CCS’), a new peer reviewed international journal of comparative constitutional law published by Edward Elgar Publishing.

Who are we?

CCS is edited by Adrienne Stone and Lael Weis (General Editors), Erika Arban (Comments Editor) and Rehan Abeyratne (Book Review Editor).  The Editorial Board is assisted by a distinguished Advisory Board consisting of:

  • Daphne Barak-Erez, Supreme Court of Israel
  • Armin von Bogdandy, Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law
  • Manuel Cepeda, Constitutional Court of Colombia (former President)
  • Philipp Dann, Humboldt University of Berlin
  • David Dyzenhaus, University of Toronto
  • Mark Elliott, Cambridge University
  • Charles Fombad, Pretoria University
  • Yasuo Hasebe, Waseda University
  • Vicki C Jackson, Harvard University
  • Kate O’Regan, University of Oxford
  • Pablo Riberi, National University Córdoba
  • Cheryl Saunders, University of Melbourne
  • Jiunn-Rong Yeh, National Taiwan University

Why a new journal?

We decided to found CCS in response to many suggestions from colleagues and in response to the explosive growth in scholarship in comparative constitutional law. In addition, we wanted to provide a forum that encompassed the diversity of methodologies and approaches in the field.  This includes: discursive, analytical and critical research methods drawn from legal theory; qualitative empirical methods associated with historiographical, contextual and socio-legal approaches; as well as critical perspectives such as those drawn from third world approaches constitutional law, indigenous law, feminist and critical race theory, and environmentalism.

In line with these objectives, CCS has a broad disciplinary focus and welcomes legal and interdisciplinary scholarship. It has a global orientation and will seek to draw attention to less-studied regions and jurisdictions, such the Global South, the former Soviet states and the Pacific islands.

The reaction to CCS has justified our decision. We have been delighted with the enthusiastic response of scholars in the field and look forward to the launch of two special issues in 2023. They feature symposia on the themes, ‘Constitutionalisms: Identities and Methodologies’.  Information about these special issues will be available on the CCS website soon.

What do we publish?

CCS focuses on comparative public law (broadly conceived), encompassing both constitutional and administrative law. Its aim is to broaden and deepen existing coverage by providing a new international specialist forum for the publication of comparative public law.

We are looking for the highest quality scholarship that advances the study of key issues and questions within the field through examining experiences and perspectives from a range of different jurisdictions. Contributions could involve, for example, a detailed study of a practice from a single country that seeks to draw lessons for other countries, or a set of case studies from different countries that seeks to examine similarities and differences with respect to how a particular practice has been developed in a variety of constitutional systems.

In addition to original research articles, the journal will also publish book reviews and shorter commentaries.

CCS will publish three issues per year: two general issues, and one special issue on a specific topic or theme.

How to publish with us

CCS has now opened for general submission. Submissions can be made through our online portal.

Please follow us on Twitter @CompConStudies for the latest journal news.

If you are interested in contributing a Commentary or Book Review, we recommend contacting the relevant editor first using the contact details on the journal’s website. For general enquiries, contact:

Posted by Adrienne Stone (Melbourne Laureate Professor)