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Constitutionalism and Politics Working Group

Coordinators: Inese Freimane DeksneHilary Hogan, Maciej KrogelCarolin LerchCatriona MullayKatarzyna NowickaJulian Scholtes

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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


Academic Year 2016-2017

  • 28 April 2017: “The Constitutional Value of Sunset Clauses. An historical and normative analysis” (Routledge, 2017) by Antonios Kouroutakis
  • 27 March 2017: “Human and Animal Rights: From the Enlightenment to the Twenty-First Century Work in progress presentation and discussion” by Raffael Fasel and Manès Weisskircher
  • 15 March 2017: “The Composite European Constitution and National Courts: A Closer Look at the Eurozone Crisis” by Tomi Tuominen
  • 6 March 2017: “Unconstitutional Constitutional Amendments: the Limits of Amendment Power” (Oxford University Press, 2017) by Yaniv Roznai
  • 22 February 2017: “Constitutional and political Debates on Reproductive Autonomy in Central and Eastern Europe:The Case of Estonia and Romania” by Liiri Oja (EUI) and Elena Brodeala (EUI)
  • 20 February 2017: “Contrasting Approaches to Political Engineering: Constitutionalization & Democratization” by Philippe C. Schmitter
  • 10 February 2017: “Constitutional Identity in Italy: European Integration as the Fulfillment of the Constitution” by Professors Federico Fabbrini and Oreste Pollicino 
  • 26 January 2017: “Gender, Informal Institutions and Corruption: The UK Parliamentary Expenses Scandal” by Prof. Georgina Waylen
  • 13 December 2016: “Gender Quotas” in French and Italian Public Law: A Tale of Two Converging and then Diverging Trajectories” by Prof. Mathias Möschel
  • 21 November 2016: “Changing European Constitutions – Reconfiguring European Constitutionalism”- a workshop organized jointly by Constitutionalism and Politics Working Group and Finnish Academy
  • 16 November 2016: “Protecting EU values: Reverse Solange And The Rule Of Law Framework” by Prof. Armin von Bogdandy
  • 11 November 2016: Book Launch: “Reinforcing Rule of Law Oversight in the European Union” 
  • 2 November 2016: “Constitutional populism. Conceptual and empirical reflections?” by Paul Blokker
  • 19 October 2016: Faculty seminar - "Second-grade Constitutionalism? Hungary and Poland: How the EU Can and Should Cope With Illiberal Member States" by Prof. Gábor Halmai
  • 13 October 2016: “Recasting Secularism as One Conception of the Good Among Many in a Post-Secular Constitutional Policy ” by Prof. Michel Rosenfeld
  • 4 October 2016: “A crisis of constitutional democracy in post-Communist Europe: “Lands in-between” democracy and authoritarianism” by Bojan Bugaric


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