european circuit


middle temple


The European Circuit in co-operation with Middle Temple International Committee organises a roundtable discussion that draws on comparative experience of written constitutions, in particular those of Germany and Ireland.

The debate will consider whether now is the right time for the UK to have a written constitution.

Chair: The Right Hon the Lord Mance


  • Sir Jeffrey Jowell QC (Hon) Barrister, Blackstone Chambers;
  • Prof. Stefan Vogenauer, Max Planck Institute for European Legal History;
  • Eoin Carolan, Barrister (Ireland), Associate Professor, University College Dublin


17:00  Arrival and registration
17:15 Welcome by Chair 
17:20 Each speaker will discuss their experiences and thoughts on the challenges of the operation of written constitutions
18:10  Debate and discussion around the question: is now the time for the UK to have a written constitution?
19:00 Reception
20:00 Dining at Café Monico


All are welcome to dine with the Circuit’s Committee and the speakers following the seminar at Café Monico in Shaftsbury Avenue

However, places are limited and on a first come first served basis. The estimated cost will be c. £50.00 per person. If you would like to dine please email:


The cost of attendance (including drinks reception afterwards) is £20.00 per person or £10.00 per person if you are 7 years or less call/PQE. You can register for the event and make payment via the Circuit’s website: here