'Democracy in Reverse: Patterns of Autocratization in Eastern Europe and Eurasia' - University of Tartu, Estonia, 19 October 2018

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Application deadline: 15 May 2018

In what ways can we compare and better understand patterns of autocratization in the postcommunist world? Autocratization can be seen as a process, in which democratic institutions, rights and practices are curtailed or undermined – to the point, of course, where an autocratic regime takes hold.

DEM-DEC Launch - Panel: 'Is Democracy Decaying Worldwide? And What Can We Do About It?', University of Melbourne, 22 October 2018

Following its virtual launch on 25 June 2018, DEM-DEC will be formally launched with a panel and reception at the University of Melbourne on Monday 22 October at 6.30-8.30pm.

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Panel: 'Is Democracy Decaying Worldwide? And What Can We Do About It?'

Are you concerned about threats to democracy in states worldwide including the USA, France, Poland, India, Japan, or Brazil, the emergence of dictatorship in states such as Venezuela - or want to know how Australia fits in this global picture?

Join us for a panel discussing the challenge posed by the global deterioration of democratic rule, to mark the launch of a new online tool developed by Dr Tom Daly to help researchers and policymakers understand and address this threat: the Democratic Decay Resource (DEM-DEC) at www.democratic-decay.org.

Seminar: 'Authoritarian and Abusive Constitutionalism in Latin America' - Universidad Externado de Colombia, Bogotá, Colombia, 25-26 October 2018

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The event is the second edition of an academic and judicial meeting focused on the study of Latin American constitutionalism.

This version of the seminar will be devoted to the different constitutionalism in Latin America, with special concern on the existence of liberal constitutionalism in some countries in the region.

'Democratic Backsliding and Human Rights' - College of Law and Business, Tel Aviv, Israel, 2-3 January 2019

This event is invitation-only.

A web site will be created in due course, where the drafts of the papers will be posted.

The workshop will explore the phenomenon of democratic backsliding from theoretical and comparative perspectives. We will discuss instances of democratic backsliding across the globe and raise questions such as what is democratic backsliding?

Conference - 'The Future of Liberal Democracy' - University of Texas, Austin, USA, 21-23 February 2019

Liberal democracy is under attack in many countries across the globe. It is under stress in several others. And in those countries where liberal democracy remains strong, political actors are bracing for what may come. On February 21-23, 2019, my faculty colleague Sandy Levinson and I will convene a major international conference on The Future of Liberal Democracy here at The University of Texas at Austin. Our program will gather 30 outstanding scholars from around the world to diagnose what ails liberal democracy and also to debate what can be done to save it.

'Judicial Authority Under Pressure: Politicisation and Backlash Against Courts in the Age of Populism' - Université Catholique de Louvain, Mons, Belgium, 8-12 April 2019

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In the last 25 years or so, the judicialization of politics has been a recurrent theme in both international relations and comparative politics. Scholars from a variety of disciplines have pointed to the increasingly powerful role of courts in allocating resources, as well as shaping societal values (Tate and Vallinder 1995, Hirschl 2004). Judicialization is evidenced by the transfer of decisions-once rendered by representative institutions-to courts. …

Conference - 'Democracy, Populism, and Judicial Power' - Monash University Prato Centre, Italy, 24-26 July 2019

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Application deadline - 19 November 2018


The 2019 meeting of the International Political Science Association (IPSA) RC09 Comparative Judicial Studies will be held at the Monash University Prato Centre, 20 km outside of Florence. The 2019 conference takes place 24-26 July 2019, and the conference theme is Democracy, Populism, and Judicial Power: Where to from Here?