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.

Early Career Researchers Workshop: 'Political Parties, Partisanship, and the Constitution' - Bonavero Institute of Human Rights, Oxford University, UK, 14-15 March 2019

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Application deadline: 11 January 2019

The Bonavero Institute of Human Rights calls for papers for a workshop for early career-researchers on the topic of Political Parties, Partisanship, and the Constitution, with the generous support of the Programme for the Foundations of Law and Constitutional Government to be held on March 14-15, 2019 in Oxford, United Kingdom.

ESIL IG on International Organisations: ‘An Ambivalent Engagement: International Organisations and the Rule of Law’ - Göttingen, Germany, 3 April 2019

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Application Deadline: 23 November 2018

The ESIL Interest Group on International Organisations is organising an IG event on the occasion of the ESIL Research Forum in Göttingen.

The IG event will be on Wednesday 3 April 2019, and the topic is ‘An Ambivalent Engagement: International Organisations and the Rule of Law’.

All ESIL members are invited to submit a paper for the event.

'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. …

'Century of Radical Right Extremism: New Approaches' - Richmond, American University, London, UK, 15-17 May 2019

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Application Deadline: 15 December 2018

This is the Inaugural Conference of the Centre for Analysis of the Radical Right (CARR)

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Dear Friends and Colleagues,

I hope this finds you well. It is with great delight that the steering group and I write to you to confirm that CARR’s inaugural conference will be happening on 15-17th May 2019 at Richmond, the American University in London.

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?

Worlshop: 'Constitutional Resilience in South Asia' - 5-7 December 2019, Melbourne, Australia

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Application deadline: 15 February 2019


The organisers are pleased to announce a workshop on “Constitutional Resilience in South Asia”. Concerns about the stability of democracies, even long-established democracies, have been rising globally. As a region, South Asia has had a tumultuous and varied relationship with constitutional democracy.