Workshop: Political Parties and Constitutions in Asia

Event date
23 - 24 September
Event time
09:00 - 18:00
Oxford week
MT -2
Members of the University
St Hugh's College - MGA Lecture Room


Day 1: 23 September 2022

Introduction (8:55-9.00 am): Ngoc Son Bui (Oxford)

Panel 1 (9:00-10.30 am): Chair - Timothy Endicott (Oxford)

  1. Larry Catá Backer (Penn State University), Linking People to Governing Institutions: 全过程民主 (Whole Process Democracy) Leninist Political Parties, Socialist Constitutional Democracy and《中国新型政党制度 (China's New Political Party System)
  2. Samuli Seppänen (CUHK) and Hualing Fu (HKU), CCP Regulations as Regulatory Speech
  3. Ling Li (University of Vienna), Order of power in China’s courts - The Chinese characteristics of the PRC legal system

Break (10:30-10:40 am).

Panel 2 (10.40-12: 10 pm): Chair- Patricia Thornton (Oxford)

  1. Thomas E. Kellogg (Georgetown), Hong Kong’s Basic Law: The Politics Of National Security And Constitutional Destruction
  2. Kwan Yuen Iu, The Constitutional Game In The Post-National Security Law Era: The Political Dynamics And The Constitutional Interpretation Of The Judiciary.
  3. Guy Baldwin (Cambridge), Same-Sex Marriage in Japan and the Role of Courts in a Dominant Party System

 Lunch (12:10-1:30 pm).

Panel 3 (1:30 -3:00 pm): Chair- Ayako Hatano (Oxford) 

  1. Sarbani Sen and Wenjuan Zhang (Jindal Global Law School), Revolutionary Constitutionalism Versus Revolutionary Party: The Role of Indian National Congress and Communist Party of China in National Building
  2. Shih-An Wang (Chicago), Crafting Party Politics With Judicial Review: The Constitutional Court Of South Korea
  3. Dian A H Shah (NUS) and Mario Gomez (International Centre for Ethnic Studies), Ethno-nationalist Parties and Constitutional Fundamentals: Navigating Processes, Promises, and Compromises in Malaysia and Sri Lanka

Break: 3:00-3:10 pm

Panel 4 (3:10-4:40 pm): Chair - Nick Barber (Oxford)

  1. Eugene K B Tan (SMU), Constitutionalism in One-Party Dominant Singapore: The Quest to Perfect Governance and Manage the Pace of Political Change
  2. Ngoc Son Bui (Oxford), Party Constitutionalization in Vietnamese Discourse
  3. Ronald Kevin Laluz Montellano (Supreme Court of the Philippines), Philippine Constitutional and Statutory Law Metamorphosis: A Legal Framework in Strengthening the Political Party System and the Prohibition of Turncoatism of Politicians and Political Butterflies

Dinner: 6:00pm

Day 2: 24 September 2022

Panel 5 (9:30- 11 am): Chair Rupavardhini Balakrishnan Raju (Oxford)

  1. Aradhya Sethia (Cambridge), Intra-Party Processes: A Constitutional Study
  2. Muhammed Anees (University of Hyderabad), Negotiating ‘Secular’ State through Constitutionalism: Indian Union Muslim League in Post-Colonial India
  3. Gaurav Mukherjee (Central European University), Regional Parties, Federalism, and Democratic Recession in India

Panel 6 (11-12:30 pm): Chair - Yasser Kureshi (Oxford)

  1. Rouf Ahmad Dar (University of Kashmir), The Embodied Violence of Constitutions: Interrogating the Process of Constitution-making in Jammu and Kashmir
  2. Sovit Subedi and Iain Payne, Party strategies in Nepal’s three-tiered federal system
  3. Lima Aktar (Jahangirnagar University), Constitutional Particracy in Bangladesh: A Critical Reflection

Funding for the workshop is provided by Oxford’s Programme for the Foundations of Law and Constitutional Government. To register, please send an e-mail to

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