Scottish constitution could be a model for the world, says Paris conference

20 March 2013

The Paris conference, Towards a written Scottish constitution, at which world experts gathered to debate the future of Scotland, was successfully held on Saturday 16 March at Sciences-Po in Paris.

In his introductory speech, Dr Mark McNaught, Associate Professor at the University of Rennes 2 and Lecturer in Constitutional Law at Sciences-Po Paris, who organised of the conference, said, “If [Scotland] managed to get a good constitution to develop, it could really be an example and a real beacon of a good, clean, functioning government, that could be a model for the world.”

The conference was filmed and recorded, and the audio files are now available on this page. To listen, please click each headline.


  1. Introduction
    Dr Mark McNaught, Associate Professor at the University of Rennes 2 and Lecturer in Constitutional Law at Sciences-Po Paris
  2. How republican values can be reflected in a Scottish constitution
    Dr Elliot Bulmer, Research Director of the Constitutional Commission and author of A Model Constitution for Scotland
  3. Labour rights under a written Scottish constitution
    Dr Neil Davidson, University of Strathclyde, where he is a vice-president of the University and College Union
  4. Voting rights and civic obligations
    Dr Beverly Ann Gaddy, Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Pittsburgh in Greensburg
  5. Rights, equality before the law, and sectarianism
    Dr Mark McNaught
  6. A Scottish constitution and the European Union (full text available here)
    Alyn Smith MEP, an MEP for Scotland and Deputy SNP Spokesman for International Relations
  7. Constitutional prevention of corruption
    Dr Mark McNaught
  8. Good governance and smart regulation as legitimising factors of a new European state
    Professor Ioannis Papadopoulos, Assistant Professor at the University of Macedonia and visiting Professor at the University Paris Panthéon-Sorbonne / Sciences Po, Paris
  9. How to build a constitutional amendment procedure adaptable to the demands of modernity
    Professor Guillaume Tusseau, Professor of Public Law at Sciences-Po Paris Law School
  10. Evaluation of Bulmer Draft Constitution (with response from Elliot Bulmer)
    Dr James Melton, Lecturer in Comparative Politics at University College London

*Conference report by Dr Mark McNaught is published here.

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