Public events

RoL roundtable

The engagement of conservative, populist governments with constitutional reform and constitution-making is perceived as a significant threat to the rule of law and democracy within the European Union. In this webinar, Prof. Paul Blokker (Charles University/University of Bologna) will discuss whether populism ought to be understood not only as a rejection of liberal constitutionalism, but also as a competing political force in the definition of constitutional democracy. While the populist critique of liberal constitutionalism provides significant insights into structural problems of liberal democracy, can populist constitutionalism live up to its own democratic promise?

RECONNECT Webinar 5: ‘Poland’s Constitutional Breakdown’

In this webinar Prof. Sadurski will present his new book “Poland’s Constitutional Breakdown” (2019, Oxford University Press). Since 2015, Poland’s populist Law and Justice Party (PiS) has been dismantling the major checks and balances of the Polish state and subordinating the courts, the civil service, and the media to the will of the executive. Political rights have been radically restricted, and the Party has captured the entire state apparatus. The speed and depth of these antidemocratic movements took many observers by surprise: until now, Poland was widely regarded as an example of a successful transitional democracy.

Constitutional Politics in the Transnational Public Sphere

International Conference: Constitutional Cultures in Comparative Perspective. 22-24 Nov. 2017. Max Weber lecture room of the Käte Hamburger Center for Advanced Study in the Humanities “Law as Culture” | 53227 Bonn.