Project title Comparative Federalism

8 weeks commencing 25 November 2019 (with a break over new year)


This project will undertake a selected comparison of the constitutional arrangements of several federal countries. The countries to be compared will depend partly on any particular language and background knowledge that the selected student can bring to the project.

Expected outcomes & deliverables

Students will develop skills in data collection, legal analysis and theorisation in the general field of comparative constitutional law, with particular attention to issues in federalism. The research will contribute to the development of publications in the field. Publication with the student is possible, but this will depend on the results of the research.

The training provided to the student will enable them to understand the methods and standards required for publishable research and RHD study.

Benefits to the school will include training of the student in advanced research methods and contribution to publications in highest quality law journals in the field.

Student qualities

The research project is suitable for students who have successfully completed Constitutional Law and have relevant experience and language skills (eg, personal knowledge of a particular federal country or fluency in its language. Students who have studied politics or government, especially comparative government, will be especially suited to the project, but this is not essential.

Primary supervisor

Professor Nicholas Aroney

Further information

Students are welcome to contact Professor Aroney at if they have any particular questions.