With a major contribution from the Semnani Family Foundation and additional support from the Mellichamp Fund, the Iranian Studies Initiative at University of California, Santa Barbara hosts this international conference to provide a fundamental assessment of Iran’s experience with constitutionalism. We hope this gathering of constitutional lawyers, academics, and journalists serves as a forum for in-depth, critical examination of the past and current Iranian constitutions, and also offers the opportunity to propose practical recommendations for the future. Presenters will examine the history of constitutional politics in Iran; frame key problems and constitutional issues from the last century; integrate fresh perspectives for addressing longstanding issues in Iran’s legal history; and identify and develop resources for a better understanding of constitutional issues. Speakers will examine the constitutional challenges of a transition to a more democratic mode of governance and propose recommendations that could meet the needs of the Iranian people in the 21st century.
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