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Constitutionalist resistance to authoritarianism and populism? Workshop to commemorate the 100 years of Finland's independence

Dates:
  • Mon 10 Apr 2017 09.30 - 17.00
  Add to Calendar 2017-04-10 9:30 2017-04-10 17:00 Europe/Paris Constitutionalist resistance to authoritarianism and populism? Workshop to commemorate the 100 years of Finland's independence

Before its independence in 1917 Finland was for more than 100 years an autonomous part of the Russian Empire. During this time its nationhood and national identity emerged – or were even consciously created – with reference to existing pre-independence constitutional instruments, some of them inherited from Sweden, others crafted by the autonomous province itself and seeking, when times were good, the approval of the Emperor of Russia. In bad times, legalism and constitutionalism came to play an important role in Finnish non-violent resistance against authoritarian rule.

Today, constitutionalism is subject to new challenges. In various parts of the world, populism appears to be rallying, and in many a case with an authoritarian undertone. To a worrying degree evidence is accumulating of deliberate and often coordinated strategies by populist movements consciously to undermine many basic constitutional institutions of liberal democracies. Elected parliaments, fundamental rights of individuals and independent judges are all getting their share of being blamed for the imperfect state of affairs when populists seek to appeal to the ‘masses’ which often in fact consist of only some segments of the population.

For further information see attached.
Please register by 31 March

Sala del Consiglio, Villa Salviati DD/MM/YYYY
  Sala del Consiglio, Villa Salviati

Before its independence in 1917 Finland was for more than 100 years an autonomous part of the Russian Empire. During this time its nationhood and national identity emerged – or were even consciously created – with reference to existing pre-independence constitutional instruments, some of them inherited from Sweden, others crafted by the autonomous province itself and seeking, when times were good, the approval of the Emperor of Russia. In bad times, legalism and constitutionalism came to play an important role in Finnish non-violent resistance against authoritarian rule.

Today, constitutionalism is subject to new challenges. In various parts of the world, populism appears to be rallying, and in many a case with an authoritarian undertone. To a worrying degree evidence is accumulating of deliberate and often coordinated strategies by populist movements consciously to undermine many basic constitutional institutions of liberal democracies. Elected parliaments, fundamental rights of individuals and independent judges are all getting their share of being blamed for the imperfect state of affairs when populists seek to appeal to the ‘masses’ which often in fact consist of only some segments of the population.

For further information see attached.
Please register by 31 March


Location:
Sala del Consiglio, Villa Salviati

Affiliation:
Department of Law

Type:
Workshop

Organiser:
Prof. Martin Scheinin (European University Institute)
Academy of Finland

Speaker:
Associate Professor Manuela Caiani (Scuola Normale Superiore)
Prof. Tuomas Ojanen (University of Helsinki)
Elena Brodeala (EUI - Law)
Marta Achler (EUI - Law)
Prof. Juha Lavapuro (University of Turku)
Oliver Garner (EUI - Law)
Prof. Gábor HALMAI ( EUI - Law)
Dr. Janne Taalas (Ambassador of Finland in Italy)
Ms. Maija Sakslin (Deputy Ombudsman)
Prof. Veli-Pekka Viljanen (University of Turku)
Associate Professor Janne Salminen (University of Turku)
Prof. Elina Pirjatanniemi (Åbo Akademi University)
Secretary General (on leave) Päivi Pietarinen (Supreme Administrative Court)

Contact:
Claudia de Concini (EUI - Law) - Send a mail

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