2018 APSA Annual Meeting - 'Democracy and Its Discontents' - Boston, USA, 30 August-2 September 2018

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Democracy and Its Discontents

The theme for this year’s meeting of the American Political Science Association is Democracy and Its Discontents. These are challenging times for democracy. In many established democracies, the aftermath of the 2008 and the 2011 economic crises is opening up new spaces for new challengers and popular grievances. The complex relationship between national systems of rule and a global economy is leading to greater tensions both within democracies and between them. Existing rules and party systems are under strain as new cleavages emerge, with populism, nativism, and illiberalism all jostling for popular support, as well as new experiments in representation.

'Constitutionalism and Constitutional Design in Democratic Recession' - SPSA Annual Conference, Belgrade, Serbia, 23-24 September 2018

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Application deadline: 1 July 2018

Constitutions were seen as a crucial component of democratization and conflict regulation in the last few decades. As a result, related studies in normative political theory, constitutional law, comparative politics and democratisation studies grew substantially. And yet, global democratic recession, which have confronted old and new democracies in the last few years, raises important questions about the role of constitutionalism and constitutional design in the new context.

'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.

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?

'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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Abstract

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. …