'The Shrinking Democratic Space – with Gillian Triggs and Sharon Abraham-Weiss' - Melbourne, 25 November 2018

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In Israel and Australia, civil society and human rights voices are under attack. A backlash against the very idea of democracy is evident as governments adopt more repressive measures to curb individual rights and silence critical voices. Join former Human Rights Commission president Gillian Triggs and executive director of Israel’s largest human rights organisation, the Association for Civil Rights in Israel (ACRI), Sharon Abraham-Weiss, to delve into these disturbing trends in both Israel and Australia.

Asser Institute Annual Lecture 2018: 'International law and the far right: Reflections on law and cynicism' - Peace Palace, The Hague, the Netherlands, 29 November 2018

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The fourth Annual T.M.C. Asser lecture will be delivered by Prof. Martti Koskenniemi on 29 November at the Peace Palace. In his lecture, Prof. Koskenniemi will address the role of international law in dealing with the rising far right, as the backlash against global rule and the international institutions of the liberal 1990s continues. Here is an abstract by Prof. Koskenniemi giving a glimpse of the topic:

Workshop: 'The State of Liberal Democracy in Central and Eastern Europe' - Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Budapest, Hungary, 6 December 2018

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Application deadline: 25 November 2018

The state of liberal democracy in Central and Eastern Europe. Workshop on the I·CONnect-Clough Center 2017 Global Review of Constitutional Law

The state of liberal democracy in Central and Eastern Europe

Workshop on the I·CONnect-Clough Center 2017 Global Review of Constitutional Law

'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.

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?