Silvia Suteu

'Eternity and the Constitution: The Promise and Limits of Eternity Clauses'

BA (Hons), LLM, MIS

Biography

Education

2011-present PhD candidate, Edinburgh University School of Law

2010 Master of International Studies in International Law, Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies (IHEID), Geneva, Switzerland

2008 LLM in Comparative Constitutional Law, Central European University (CEU), Budapest, Hungary

Jan-Mar 2008 Guest researcher, Juristische Fakultät, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Chair of Prof Susanne Baer

2007 BA in Government and Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, USA

Publications

Silvia Suteu, 'Developing Democracy through Citizen Engagement: The Advent of Popular Participation in UK Constitution-Making', Cambridge Journal of International and Comparative Law, Vol. 4, No. 2, forthcoming 2015

Silvia Suteu, 'Extraordinary Rendition and the European Court of Human Rights', in Annyssa Bellal, ed., The War Report 2014, OUP, 2015, pp. 603-620

Yaniv Roznai and Silvia Suteu, 'Eternal Territory? On Ukraine's Unamendable Provision and Territorial Integrity', German Law Journal special issue on 'The Crisis in Ukraine: A Challenge to Foundational Principles of International and Constitutional Law?', Vol. 16, No. 3, July 2015, pp. 542-580

Silvia Suteu, 'Constitutional Conventions in the Digital Era: Lessons from Iceland and Ireland', Boston College International & Comparative Law Review, Vol. XXXVIII, No. 2, 2015, pp. 251-276

Silvia Suteu, 'A New Form of Direct Democracy: Constitutional Conventions in the Digital Era', Edinburgh School of Law Research Paper No. 2014/39, 19 October 2014

Silvia Suteu, 'The Use of Weapons in Custodial Centres', in Stuart Maslen, ed., Weapons under International Human Rights Law, Cambridge University Press, 2014, pp. 80-121

Silvia Suteu, 'A Legal Black Hole? A Decade of Detention at Guantanamo, 2002-12', in Stuart Maslen, ed., The War Report 2012, Oxford University Press, 2013, pp. 376-396

Stephen Tierney and Silvia Suteu, 'Towards a Democratic and Deliberative Referendum?: Analysing the Scottish Independence Referendum Bill and the Scottish Independence Referendum (Franchise) Bill' Workshop Report, 23 August 2013

Paper presentations

'Participation Is Not Deliberation: Disentangling Principles of Constitution-making Good Practice' (with Stephen Tierney), 'Deliberative Constitutionalism' workshop, UCL, 9-10 Nov 2015

'The Promise and Limits of Eternity Clauses in Post-Conflict Constitution-Making', 'Public Law in an Uncertain World' ICON-Society conference, New York, USA, 1-3 July 2015

'The Scottish Independence Referendum and the Participatory Turn in UK Constitution-Making', 'Independence in an Interdependent and Multicultural World' workshop, University of St Andrews, 4-5 June 2015

'Participatory Constitution-making and the Renovation of the UK Constitution', 'The Renovation of the Modern Constitution: Contemporary Constitutional Transformations in Europe', CoPolis Project Final Conference, Trento, Italy, 25 May 2015

'Eternity Clauses and Popular Participation in Constitution-making: Two Trends in Search of Constitutional Longevity', International IDEA, The Hague, The Netherlands, 20 May 2015

'Developing Democracy through Citizen Engagement: The Advent of Popular Participation in Constitution-Making', Cambridge Journal of International and Comparative Law 4th Annual Conference, Cambridge University, 8-9 May 2015

'The Process for Achieving Further Devolution: A Comparative Perspective', Scottish Constitutional Futures Forum, University of Glasgow, 19 November 2014

'Questioning De-juridification in Constitutional Change', 'De-juridification' IVR International Association of Legal and Social Philosophy UK annual conference, London, 25-26 October 2014

'Constitutional Conventions in the Digital Era: Lessons from Iceland and Ireland', 'After the Economic Crisis: The small State as a Problem or Solution' workshop, UCD Constitutional Studies Group, Dublin, Ireland, 6 September 2014

'Eternity and the Constitution: Towards a Constituent Power Theory of Unamendability', 'Rethinking the Boundaries of Public Law and Public Space' ICON-Society inaugural conference, Florence, Italy, 26-28 June 2014

'A New Form of Direct Democracy: Constitutional Conventions in the Digital Era', IXth World Congress of The International Association of Constitutional Law, Oslo, Norway, 16-20 June 2014

'Eternity and the Constitution: Towards a Constituent Power Theory of Eternity Clauses', LSE Young Public Law Scholars Workshop, London, 30 May 2014

'A New Form of Direct Democracy: Constitutional Conventions in the Digital Era', Political Theory Research Group, University of Edinburgh, 9 April 2014

'Constitutional Identity and New Notions of Democratic Founding', Constitutional Law Discussion Group, University of Edinburgh, 5 February 2014

'Eternity and the Constitution: Eternity Clauses and Political Community', 'Political Community' PhD summer school, Centre for Citizenship, Civil Society and Rule of Law (CISRUL), University of Aberdeen, 25-27 June 2013

'Iceland’s Constitutional Referendum – Taking a Closer Look at Constitutional Reform in Progress', Constitutional Law Discussion Group, University of Edinburgh, 6 November 2012

'Eternity and the Constitution: Eternity Clauses, Constituent Power and the Quest for Intergenerational Justice', Association for Legal and Social Philosophy annual conference, Queen’s University Belfast, 25-27 June 2012

'Anti-Holocaust Denial Legislation: The Case of Romania in Comparative Perspective', 'The State of Holocaust Studies in Southeastern Europe: Problems, Obstacles and Perspectives' conference, Goethe Institute, Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, 27-29 October 2006

Teaching responsibilities

Tutor, Public Law and Individual Rights (Ordinary)

Seminar leader, Advanced Legal Methods (Honours)

Awards

2011-2014 College of Humanities and Social Science Research Studentship, University of Edinburgh

2010 Hans Wilsdorf Foundation grant, Geneva, Switzerland; First Prize in essay category of “Our Rights, Our Freedoms” competition, Council of Europe and the European Law Students’ Association

2008-2010 Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies scholarship

2008 Central European University Outstanding Academic Achievement Award and Academic Pro-Rector’s Excellence Award; McKinsey & Co. Excellence Scholarship, Geneva, Switzerland

2007-2008 Central European University Fellowship for Master students

2007 Andrei Sakharov Human Rights Internship Grant, Harvard University

2006 Center for European Studies Krupp Foundation Travel Research Grant, Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies Goldman Travel Research Grant and Center for Jewish Studies Undergraduate Thesis Grant, Harvard University

2005 Julian J. and Fay Vogel Bussgang Research Travel Fund to Eastern Europe and University; Committee on Human Rights Study Undergraduate Scholarship, Harvard University

Professional experience

Feb 2015-present Manager, UK Constitutional Law Association Blog

Feb 2013-Dec 2014 ESRC Research Associate, ‘The Scottish Referendum: A Democratic Audit’ project

Past research positions with: The Rule of Law in Armed Conflicts Project (RULAC), The Program on Humanitarian Policy and Conflict Research at Harvard University (HPCR) and The Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University

Other experience

Edinburgh Centre for Constitutional Law Associate Director for Research Engagement

Constitutional Law Discussion Group (convenor 2012-2014) 

Inaugural Edinburgh Law Postgraduate Conference 2013 organising committee

Edinburgh Legal Theory Research Group spring workshops 2013, 2014