The Spain-Florida Foundation 500 Years brought together leading Latin American legal experts, diplomats and the former heads of government of Uruguay, Spain and El Salvador to discuss the impact and legacy of the Constitution of Cadiz. The two-day conference, hosted by the FIU College of Law, was titled “Homage to the Bicentenary of the 1812 Cadiz Constitution” and started on Oct. 18, 2012.
Matthew C. Mirow, Associate Dean of International & Graduate Studies and Professor of Law, served as a panelists on a discussion on the historical aspects of the Constitution of Cadiz. In his presentation, Mirow addressed the promulgation of the Constitution of Cadiz in Florida.
“This Constitution governed Spanish Florida from 1812 to 1815 and then again from 1820 until 1821 when Spain turned Florida over to the United States,” said Mirow. “Daily political life in Florida’s Spanish colonial cities was governed by this document, and cities like St. Augustine ordered their activities around the requirements, rights, and duties expressed in this Constitution.”
The basis for this talk has just been published by Mirow in 24 Florida Journal of International Law 1-60 (2012).