the 10th World Congress of Constitutional Law (IACL-AIDC)
2018 SEOUL 18-22 June 2018
"Violent Conflicts, Peace-Building
and Constitutional Law."
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Organizer's Workshops on “Futuristic Constitutionalism and Sustainability”
Location : Multimedia Lecture Room, 600th Anniversary Memorial Hall(6F), SKK Univ.
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Letter of Appreciation
11 July, 2018
Dear members of the International Association of Constitutional Law and participants of the 10th World Congress of Constitutional Law (IACL-AIDC),
I am JaeHwang JEONG, Professor of Sungkyunkwan University and Chairperson of the Organizing Committee of the 10th World Congress of Constitutional Law held from 18 to 22 June 2018 in Seoul, Korea.
This year’s Congress was extremely fruitful, thanks to the academic passion and cooperation that you contributed out of friendship. This is the result of your participation in the Congress in various roles such as workshop leader, presenter, and forum panelist, which fostered earnest and animated discussions. The success of this Congress can also be attributed to members who paid keen attention and gave moral support despite being unable to participate in the events owing to circumstances beyond their control. For that I am genuinely grateful.
Under the general theme of "Violent Conflicts, Peace-Building and Constitutional Law", this year’s World Congress successfully hosted four plenary sessions, 27 workshops including 8 open workshops, and organizer’s workshops on four topics (constitutionalism in the age of artificial intelligence, basic income and social welfare, local autonomy, and deliberative democracy). I would like to convey my sincere thanks to all workshop leaders, presenters, and forum panelists.
The World Congress was co-organized by the three main constitutional institutions of Korea – the Supreme Court of Korea, the Constitutional Court of Korea, and the Ministry of Justice – in cooperation with the Korean Organizing Committee, while the organizer’s workshops were co-hosted by the National Election Commission, the Personal Information Protection Commission, the Korea Institute for Health and Social Affairs, and the Korea Legislation Research Institute. I would like to express my deep appreciation to those institutions. I must also thank the people of Korea, as the World Congress was funded publicly using taxes contributed by the Korean people.
My sincere thanks go to Supreme Court Chief Justice MyeongSu KIM for personally delivering a congratulatory address despite his exceedingly busy schedule with matters of national importance, President of the Constitutional Court JinSung LEE, Minister of Justice SangKi PARK, and Vice President of Sungkyunkwan University SunHae HYUN. I want to thank Constitutional Court Judge IlWon KANG for sharing his meaningful thoughts in the Judges’ Panel discussion and attending the closing ceremony. I also extend my thanks to President of the Korea Legislation Research Institute IkHyeon RHEE for delivering a congratulatory speech at the organizer’s workshops as well. I would like to convey my thanks to officials of the Ministry of National Defense, who offered significant support for our visit to the DMZ.
For the first time, this year’s World Congress offered special exhibitions and events for our participants. Above all, The Talk with Authors event was prepared as a venue for world-renowned constitutional scholars and participants of the Congress to communicate with each other directly. In addition, ‘Gyeongguk Daejeon’, the Constitution of the Joseon Dynasty, was presented in the museum of Sungkyunkwan University, alongside the current constitutions of other countries, providing an opportunity for our participants to encounter Korea’s legislative tradition and constitutions around the world in one place. Furthermore, many of our participants visited Sungkyunkwan University for a tour of the hallowed Myeongnyundang Lecture Hall, a sanctuary of academic pursuits for scholars throughout history. I deeply appreciate the University’s enthusiastic and dedicated moral and material support, as well as providing a venue for the Congress to hold such meaningful events. Thanks to the dedicated volunteer work by students of Sungkyunkwan Law School, the Congress was able to meet with success.
This year’s World Congress was also a high-tech occasion marked by the usage of information and communication technology (ICT). The Congress effectively utilized advanced technology such as its ‘Guidebook’ application to further publicize or guide the Congress, allowing for mutual network communication and real-time display of presentation text.
Furthermore, many participants took tours of the Constitutional Court, visiting its courtrooms and libraries. I want to thank officials of the Constitutional Court for their warm-hearted gifts, as they labored to organize the tour despite the large number of visitors.
I would like to convey my profound gratitude to Manuel José CEPEDA-ESPINOSA, former President of our International Association of Constitutional Law(IACL), newly-elected President Adrienne STONE, Secretary General David BILCHITZ, Deputy Secretary General Norman TAKU, and many other Executive Committee members who was deeply supportive of the Congress from its planning to the preparation process.
Secretary General JongCheol KIM, countless officials and interns of the Organizing Committee have committed themselves selflessly to this effort. We also had the active on-site support of our volunteers, without whose dedication the World Congress would not have been successful. Last but not least, I greatly appreciate former Secretary General of the Constitutional Court YongSang PARK, Seoul Metropolitan Government, Korea Tourism Organization, Jangeun Public Welfare Foundation, and JingiHong Law Research Foundation for their financial support.
The Constitution is a fundamental legislation at the highest level that protects and improves human rights, controls state authority, and guarantees the development of democracy. In this regard, this World Congress and its passionate discourse on the crucial theme of the Constitution contributed significantly to the expansion of human rights and the development of democracy and constitutionalism for all of humanity. The overarching theme of the pacifist constitution allowed for astute and timely discussions, especially as the aura of peace appears to be returning gradually to the Korean Peninsula recently. The wisdom shared in this year’s World Congress will contribute to the issue of Korean reunification, peace on the Korean Peninsula, and furthermore, peace across the entire world.
Even after the closing ceremony on June 22, young professors and scholars of constitutional studies from 16 countries stayed in Seoul for one more week and spent meaningful time learning about Korea’s constitution and the relevant administrative work, while introducing the constitutions of their own countries. This program was also the first of its kind to be introduced in the World Congress of Constitutional Law. Through their shared efforts in building close networks and earnestly experiencing Korea’s legal system and culture, we hope that the guarantee of fundamental human rights and constitutionalism will be advanced further in many different countries. For this reason, they, the leaders of our future, are also the hope for our global community. They will continue to build their network in the future on their own initiative.
I look forward to seeing you at the 11th World Congress of Constitutional Law in 2022, to be held in Johannesburg, South Africa, and wish the next Congress every success.
The 10th World Congress of Constitutional Law may be concluded, but its accomplishments and memories will always remain in our hearts.
I wish you health and happiness in your ventures, and the best of luck in your academic endeavors until we meet again.
Chairperson, Organizing Committee of World Congress of Constitutional Law 2018 / Member of The Executive Committee of IACL / Professor of Law, Sungkyunkwan University, Seoul, Korea
4 Plenary Sessions for all participants
1. War and Peace in Modern Constitutional Law
2. Constitutional Responses to New Types of
Violent Conflicts (Terrorism, Secession, State
of Urgency, Peace-Building)
3. Constitutional Challenges of the Migration
Processes (Sovereignty, State Borders and
4. Judges’ Panel
27 Workshops for deeper discussion
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Organizer’s Workshops on
“Futuristic Constitutionalism and Sustainability” >> check the topics and chairs
A. Sustainability and Political Autonomy in the Digital Age
B. Global Right to a Sustainable Life and a Basic Income
C. Deliberative Democracy as a Solution for Constitutions and Representative Democracies in Crisis
D. The Future of Decentralization : Coexistence & Coprosperity
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