PhD project: International Law and Constitutional Transitions after Conflict

PhD candidate
William Underwood, contact and bio

Project description
The project examines whether and how international legal norms –including those that concern security and stability, democracy and inclusion – shape the process and content of constitutional change after armed conflict. Combining legal with empirical (quantitative and qualitative) methods, it explores how international law affects political negotiation and decision-making in a context of tensions and trade-offs between security and democratisation

Articles and papers relating to the PhD project
• “The Bougainville Independence Referendum and the Duty to Consult“, 2019

• 2018 RECAST Training School ‘Framing Rights and Democracy’ in Lublin, Maria Curie-Skłodowska University, Faculty of Political Science – paper “Transitional Power-Sharing Governments and International Law: The Struggle for Democracy after Civil War”, 5-7 December 2018

• 2019 International Law Day, Lund University, Faculty of Law – paper “International Law and Constitutional Transitions after Conflict”, 11 November 2019

Presentations relating to the PhD project
• 2019 Critical Research in International Law (CRIL) conference in Oxford, Oxford University, the Institute of European and Comparative Law – conference paper “The use of international law and constitutional change after conflict: towards an international legal theory”, 10-12 June 2019.

• Professor Pål Wrange
• Professor Håvard Hegre