ARC Laureate Program on
Balancing Diversity and Social Cohesion in Democratic Constitutions
Balancing Diversity and Social Cohesion in Democratic Constitutions aims to address the need to reconcile the tensions between the pursuit of diversity and the promotion of social cohesion. This critical problem becomes increasingly urgent as nations grapple with the challenges of highly diverse multi-cultural societies.
Professor Adrienne Stone, Kathleen Fitzpatrick Australian Laureate Fellow, will assemble a new interdisciplinary research team comprising leading scholars in law, world-class early career researchers, and innovative practitioners to enhance the capacity of comparative constitutional law, and enhance their skillset.
The team of researchers shall draw on the experience of constitutionalism throughout the world to investigate how Constitutions, in their design and in their application, can unify while nurturing the diversity appropriate for a complex, modern society. Markers for the project are to understand how best to balance the pursuit of diversity and social cohesion in constitutional democracies, to provide guidance to established and emerging constitutional orders, and to develop the methodological foundations of comparative constitutional law. Results from the project are intended to help governments, judiciaries and the public to resolve intense controversies over ideals.
The Laureate Program will include opportunities for collaboration, debate and information sharing through conferences, round tables and visiting fellowships.
ARC Kathleen Fitzpatrick Laureate Fellow
Professor Adrienne Stone
Adrienne Stone holds a Chair at Melbourne Law School where she is also an ARC Kathleen Fitzpatrick Laureate Fellow and Director of the Centre for Comparative Constitutional Studies. She researches in the areas of constitutional law and constitutional theory with particular attention to freedom of expression. Her Laureate Fellowship on the theme 'Balancing Diversity and Social Cohesion in Democratic Constitutions' investigates how Constitutions, in their design and in their application, can unify while nurturing the diversity appropriate for a complex, modern society.
Dr Erika Arban
Dr. Erika Arban is an ARC Laureate Postdoctoral Fellow in Constitutional Law. Her research focuses on comparative federalism, comparative constitutional law and legal research methodology. Before joining the project, she lectured in Comparative Federalism at the University of Antwerp (Belgium) and in Public Law at the University of Ottawa (Canada). Erika received her PhD at the University of Ottawa (Canada), where her doctoral thesis Italian Regionalism and the Federal Challenge was awarded the Governor General Gold Medal for the best thesis in the Humanities. She also holds a LLM from the University of Arizona (USA) and a Bachelor in Law from the University of Trieste (Italy).
Dr Stijn Smet
Stijn Smet is a Postdoctoral Fellow with the ARC Laureate Project in Constitutional Law. His research interests are in comparative constitutional law, human rights, legal theory (primarily on rights) and political theory (primarily on toleration and respect). His teaching interests extend to practice-based learning, including clinical legal education and mooting. Stijn is the author of Resolving Conflicts between Human Rights: The Judge’s Dilemma (Routledge, 2016) and co-editor of Conflicts of Rights at the European Court of Human Rights (OUP, 2017). He has published among others in the American University International Law Review, Human Rights Law Review and Religion & Human Rights. Before joining the University of Melbourne Law School, Stijn was a Postdoctoral Fellow at Ghent University Law School (Belgium), where he obtained his PhD in law as well.
Gabrielle Dalsasso is the Program Manager for the Laureate Fellowship in Constitutional Law. Prior to joining Melbourne Law School, she has held senior administrative positions in corporate and not-for-profit organisations.
Supported by the Kathleen Fitzpatrick Fellowship Scheme
Funded by the Australian Research Council
2016 – 2021
The Laureate Visiting Fellowships in Comparative Constitutional Law offers outstanding female doctoral and female early career researchers the opportunity to participate in an intensive mentoring program relative to the Laureate Program with Professor Adrienne Stone, ARC Kathleen Fitzpatrick Laureate Fellow, for up to two months; and includes involvement in events such as workshops and round table discussions.
Funding is available to Visiting Fellows of up to $3000 towards the costs of travel and accommodation in Melbourne. Visiting Fellows from outside Australia are responsible for obtaining and funding any necessary visas.
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