Constitutionalism and Politics
An interdisciplinary Working Group at the European University Institute
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Book Review: ‘Comparative Federalism: Constitutional Arrangements and Case Law’ by Francesco Palermo and Karl Kössler (Hart Publishing, 2017)

By on 15th January 2018

On 22nd January a roundtable discussion will be held at Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna in Pisa to launch Francesco Palermo’s and Karl Kössler’s recently published book ‘Comparative Federalism: Constitutional Arrangements and Case Law’ (Hart Publishing, 2017). The panel will be chaired by the ConstPol working group’s adviser Professor Gábor Halmai and will feature Timothy Jacob-Owens, one […]

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Events and Calls for Papers

Constitutions in the Crosshairs: Europe in 2018 – William and Mary Law School

By on 9th January 2018

Event organized by Prof. Christie Warren, supporter of the ConstPol WG and head of the Center for Comparative Legal Studies and Post-Conflict Peace-building January 25, 2018 — 3:30pm – 6pm “Europe, as a distinct political and economic body as well as a collection of separate states, is facing constitutional challenges from within and without. Brexit, […]

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Academic Debates

Professor Andras Sajo on “Constitutionalism in Closing Societies”

By on 27th December 2017

University Professor Andras Sajo, founder of the Department of Legal Studies at CEU and former judge at the European Court of Human Rights, recently delivered a lecture on “Constitutionalism in Closing Societies”. Noteworthy, Sajo explains that “constitutionalism’s imperfections contribute to the closing of open societies” and that “institutional shortcomings are the common heritage of the […]

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Relevant Publications

Special topic on the Romanian Constitution at 25 in the ICL Journal

By on 23rd December 2017

The Romanian Constitution turned 25 last year. The Vienna Journal on International Constitutional Law (‘ICL Journal’) has published in its last two issues four articles critically examining the Romanian Constitution since its adoption in 1991 until its quarter-century anniversary (see issues 3/2017 and 4/2017). The Romanian Constitution is probably one of the least researched constitutions […]

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Populist Constitutionalism? (6): Kim Lane Scheppele on Autocratic Legalism

By on 16th November 2017

The Turkish Constitutional Court. credits: Habertürk

The final contribution in our series on populism and constitutionalism comes from Kim Lane Scheppele, Laurance S. Rockefeller Professor of Sociology and International Affairs at Princeton University, who discusses the ways in which modern autocrats in Hungary, Turkey, and elsewhere hide inside the language of constitutionalism whilst dismantling constitutional orders. Professor Scheppele will be the keynote speaker […]

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