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The Defence of Constitutionality: Or the Czech Question in Post-National Europe

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  • Thu 08 Mar 2018 16.00 - 18.00
  Add to Calendar 2018-03-08 16:00 2018-03-08 18:00 Europe/Paris The Defence of Constitutionality: Or the Czech Question in Post-National Europe

Book-launch in the framework of the History, Memory and Politics in Central and Eastern Europe lecture series, organized by Alexander Etkind, Pieter M. Judson and Pavel Kolár (HEC). In collaboration with the Constitutionalism and Politics Working Group (LAW).

About the book:
More than a century after the publication of Czech politician Tomáš Masaryk's study The Czech Question, Czech politics instead of the nation's historical struggle for survival and independence has become a pragmatic question of democratic constitutionalism and civility. Originally published in major Czech newspapers, these essays on contemporary European politics demonstrate that this new understanding involves both technical questions of power making and critical questions of its meaning. Democracy, Priban shows, is the process of permanent self-correction. It possesses both the capacity to respond to unexpected problems and crises and intrinsic tensions between principled arguments and everyday administrative processes. Defending constitutionalism, therefore, draws on principles of civil rights and freedoms, limited government, and representative democracy, the validity and persuasive force of which are at stake not only in the Czech Republic, but also in the post-national European Union and our global society at large.

Short bio:
Jirí Pribán graduated from Charles University in Prague (1989) where he was appointed professor of legal theory, philosophy and sociology in 2002. He was also visiting scholar at European University Institute in Florence, New York University (Prague Office), University of California in Berkeley, University of San Francisco, University of Pretoria, The Flemish Academy in Brussels and University of New South Wales, Sydney. Jirí Pribán has published extensively in the areas of social theory and sociology of law, legal philosophy, constitutional and European comparative law, and theory of human rights. He is an editor of the Journal of Law and Society and a regular contributor to the Czech and international media.

Sala degli Stemmi 1st Floor, V.Sa. DD/MM/YYYY
  Sala degli Stemmi 1st Floor, V.Sa.

Book-launch in the framework of the History, Memory and Politics in Central and Eastern Europe lecture series, organized by Alexander Etkind, Pieter M. Judson and Pavel Kolár (HEC). In collaboration with the Constitutionalism and Politics Working Group (LAW).

About the book:
More than a century after the publication of Czech politician Tomáš Masaryk's study The Czech Question, Czech politics instead of the nation's historical struggle for survival and independence has become a pragmatic question of democratic constitutionalism and civility. Originally published in major Czech newspapers, these essays on contemporary European politics demonstrate that this new understanding involves both technical questions of power making and critical questions of its meaning. Democracy, Priban shows, is the process of permanent self-correction. It possesses both the capacity to respond to unexpected problems and crises and intrinsic tensions between principled arguments and everyday administrative processes. Defending constitutionalism, therefore, draws on principles of civil rights and freedoms, limited government, and representative democracy, the validity and persuasive force of which are at stake not only in the Czech Republic, but also in the post-national European Union and our global society at large.

Short bio:
Jirí Pribán graduated from Charles University in Prague (1989) where he was appointed professor of legal theory, philosophy and sociology in 2002. He was also visiting scholar at European University Institute in Florence, New York University (Prague Office), University of California in Berkeley, University of San Francisco, University of Pretoria, The Flemish Academy in Brussels and University of New South Wales, Sydney. Jirí Pribán has published extensively in the areas of social theory and sociology of law, legal philosophy, constitutional and European comparative law, and theory of human rights. He is an editor of the Journal of Law and Society and a regular contributor to the Czech and international media.


Location:
Sala degli Stemmi 1st Floor, V.Sa.

Affiliation:
Department of Law
Department of History and Civilization

Type:
Conference

Discussant:
Pavel Kolar (EUI - Department of History and Civilization)
Prof. Paul Blokker (Institute of Sociological Studies, Charles University, Prague)
Prof. Gábor Halmai (EUI - Law Department)

Contact:
Agnieszka Monika Lempart (EUI - Department of Law) - Send a mail

Speaker:
Prof. Jiri Priban (Cardiff University)

Organiser:
Working Group Constitutionalism and Politics
 
 

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