Debate: Democracy & "The People" - Palais de l'Europe, Council of Europe, Strasbourg, France, 19 September 2018

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On 19 September 2018, to mark the International Day of Democracy, the Directorate General of Democracy and the Conference of INGOs are organising a debate entitled: Democracy & “The People”, aiming to re-assert the value of our democratic institutions based on individual human rights, civic participation in public decision-making and the rule of law.

'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.

Conference - 'Democratic Failure' - Boston University School of Law, USA, 28 September 2018

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Democratic Failure

We invite you to attend a conference on Democratic Failure to be held at Boston University School of Law on Friday, September 28.

For some time, discourse about democracy in the United States and around the world has been marked by concerns about dysfunction, extreme partisanship, and deadlock. More recently, this discourse has taken a darker, even apocalyptic turn, to talk about crisis, failure, or death. What is democratic failure? Does it presuppose a conception of democratic success and of the preconditions for success? How does democratic failure differ from or relate to other political or constitutional maladies, such as dysfunction, crisis, or rot? How might a democracy fail? How might it be saved?

'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?

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?