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The Constitutionalism and Politics Working Group provides a platform for researchers who are interested in matters related to the (well)functioning of democratic states governed by the rule of law. Whereas politics cannot be exercised without properly operating institutional and legal framework, such a framework cannot make do without politics. It is this interplay between constitutionalism and politics and possible tensions created thereby that is of particular interest to our working group. The WG is devoted particularly to issues related to constitutional backsliding and political crises; constitutional reform and constitutional review; constitutional rights; the functioning of the rule of law: separation of powers in particular and checks and balances in general. Researchers working in areas of constitutional and political theory, legal and political philosophy, as well as history of ideas are particularly welcome.
Each month we will hold at least two sessions of the “Lectures in Constitutionalism” series. In each session a distinguished guest will give a lecture on a pressing issue that constitutionalism and politics are currently facing. The series will provide our researchers with a truly unique experience of engaging in a discussion on matters related to political and legal spheres with world-renown scholars, thus gaining experience to be deployed in their future endeavors in the academic world.
The Constitutionalism and Politics Working group furthermore organizes the “Work-in-progress sessions”. At each presentation, our members are given great opportunity to present their thesis-related work and receive feedback from their peers and an EUI professor who is not the supervisor of the researcher presenting.
The Working Group’s agenda for the 2016-2017 puts a strong emphasis on constitutional and political issues of Central and Eastern Europe.
The group is grateful for the support of Prof. Gábor Halmai