Events

For recordings of our webinars, go to the events archive.

For forthcoming events, registration is available via the relevant post:

  • Counter-Revolution: Liberal Europe in Retreat
    10 December 2020, online at 7pm Sydney time Speakers: Jan Zielonka and guest commentators Saskia Sassen and Pola Cebulak Building upon the theses of his pathbreaking 2018 book, Counter-Revolution: Liberal Europe in Retreat, on this occasion Jan Zielonka* will be in coversation with guest commentators Saskia Sassen** and Pola Cebulak.*** From our research project, they

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  • A passion for the rule of law
    In conversation with Martin Krygier Tuesday, 10 November 2020 at 12.30pm, webinar hosted by the Australian National University, Canberra
  • The Light That Failed: A Reckoning
    1 October 2020, online at 7pm Sydney time Speakers: Ivan Krastev and Stephen Holmes Ivan Krastev* and Stephen Holmes** will be with us to discuss their book, The Light that Failed: A Reckoning, with the three leaders of the Constitutional Populism project, Adam Czarnota and Martin Krygier of the University of New South Wales Law

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  • In solidarity with Belarus
    20 August 2020: in closing today’s webinar on The New Despotism, Professor Martin Krygier invited all participants to think on the events unfolding in Belarus right now. Referencing the presentation (and related book) by today’s speaker, Professor John Keane, Professor Krygier noted that: One of the despotisms John discusses is that of Alexander Lukashenko in

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  • Democratic Backsliding: A View from Poland and Beyond
    10 August 2020, webinar Hosted online by the Israel Democracy Institute at 12:00PM (Jerusalem time) In recent years, the world has witnessed Poland transforming its highly celebrated democracy, while giving rise to populist movements and ideas. While the Polish case-study has its specificities, backsliding of democratic regimes towards other, flawed, types of democracies is perceived

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  • The New Despotism
    20 August 2020, online at 6pm Sydney time Speaker: Professor John Keane, University of Sydney In our first online event, Professor Keane will discuss his recently released book, The New Despotism. The event is free, but registration is essential to gain access to this webinar. In a disturbing in-depth exposé of the antidemocratic practices of

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  • Constitutionalism in the Age of Populism
    6-8 March 2020 at University of Victoria, Canada Our project is pleased to support an international conference being held this week at the University of Victoria, Canada, on Constitutionalism in the Age of Populism. A variety of important topics are up for discussion, and we look forward to thought provoking discussions that they foster.
  • CANCELLED: Towards a Democratic Jurisprudence? Lessons from Poland
    In keeping with policy directions on managing COVID-19, we regretfully cancel this event. We look forward to reconvening the seminar series when the virus situation has been resolved. 31 March 2020 at UNSW Law, Sydney Presenter: Wojciech Zomerski (PhD candidate, University of Wrocław, Poland)* Until 2015, Poland was seen as a model example of transformation from

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  • Illiberal Populism and Antitrust: Impact Scenarios
    11 February 2020 at UNSW Law, Sydney Presenter: Dr Maciej Bernatt, Head of the Department of European Economic Law, University of Warsaw, Poland* Discussants: Adam Czarnota, Associate Professor, UNSW Law School, Chief Investigator, ARC Discovery Project on ‘Contemporary Populism: Friend or Foe of Constitutional Democracy?’ Deborah Healey,  Professor at UNSW Law School, and a Director of

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  • Bentham, Courts and Democracy
    5 February 2020 at UNSW Law, Sydney Speaker: David Lieberman, James W. and Isabel Coffroth Professor of Jurisprudence at the University of California, Berkeley.* Theories of democracy are abundant, and becoming more so, but none seem to incorporate the administrative nature of the modern state.  Either they ignore it, which makes the theory a form of

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  • Democracy and the Administrative State
    3 December 2019 at UNSW Law, Sydney Speaker: Edward L. Rubin, Professor of Law and Political Science at Vanderbilt University* Theories of democracy are abundant, and becoming more so, but none seem to incorporate the administrative nature of the modern state.  Either they ignore it, which makes the theory a form of alternative history, akin to

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  • Populism, antielitism and the constitution
    Pisa, Italy: Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna – Populism, Constitutional Democracy, and the Rule of Law workshop In the final paper presentation for the workshop, Lucia Corso, Associate Professor of Legal Philosophy, Kore University of Enna, Italy spoke to the topic of Populism, antielitism and the constitution. Professor Corse proposed to locate the debate on the relationship between populism and

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  • Autocratic Legalism
    Pisa, Italy: Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna – Populism, Constitutional Democracy, and the Rule of Law workshop Addressing the idea of Autocratic Legalism today at the workshop was Professor Kim Lane Scheppele, Laurance S. Rockefeller Professor of Sociology and International Affairs in the Woodrow Wilson School and the University Center for Human Values, Princeton University, USA. Professor Scheppele observed that

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  • Disarming the guardians
    Pisa, Italy: Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna – Populism, Constitutional Democracy, and the Rule of Law workshop Assistant Professor Eszter Bodnár, from the Faculty of Law of University Eötvös Loránd, Budapest, Hungary,* this morning spoke to her working paper entitled Disarming the guardians – the transformation of the Hungarian Constitutional Court after 2010. She noted that the weakening of legal

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  • Populist rhetoric, constitutional legitimacy and constitutional culture
    Pisa, Italy: Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna – Populism, Constitutional Democracy, and the Rule of Law workshop In part by comparing the cases of Hungary and France, this morning Théo Fournier has spoken to his topic of Populist rhetoric, constitutional legitimacy and constitutional culture. His presentation considered populism not as common ideology but as a common strategy for implementing various

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  • Taming the beast
    Pisa, Italy: Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna – Populism, Constitutional Democracy, and the Rule of Law workshop Next on the agenda for today was Dr Imelda Deinla,* speaking to her working paper entitled Taming the beast: judicial activism and institutional conservatism of the Philippine Supreme Court. Dr Deinla observed that the rise of a populist president has facilitated a progressive

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  • Populism Constitutional Grammar, between Manipulative Borrowing and Bad Masters
    Pisa, Italy: Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna – Populism, Constitutional Democracy, and the Rule of Law workshop The second presentation for the afternoon was made by Oreste Pollicino (on left in photo), Professor of Constitutional Law, Bocconi University, Milan, Italy. Professor Pollicino’s paper focussed on the ‘constitutional grammar’ used by the populist narrative, with the aim of detecting which categories

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  • The Populist Mindset and Resentment to the Law
    Pisa, Italy: Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna – Populism, Constitutional Democracy, and the Rule of Law workshop The afternoon sessions kicked off with a presentation from Paul Blokker, Associate Professor, Department of Sociology and Economic Law, University of Bologna, Italy On his topic of The Populist Mindset and Resentment to the Law Blokker notes that recently, East-Central

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  • Tautological Rule of Law in the Service of Populism
    Pisa, Italy: Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna – Populism, Constitutional Democracy, and the Rule of Law workshop Professor Dimitry Kochenov, Chair in EU Constitutional Law, Faculty of Law, University of Groningen, the Netherlands has continued the second workshop session by addressing analysis of the European Court of Justice case-law and cutting-edge Rule of Law scholarship. His presentation

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  • Abusing constitutional identity
    Pisa, Italy: Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna – Populism, Constitutional Democracy, and the Rule of Law workshop In the second session of the workshop for today, Julian Scholtes* opened up a particular debate on the notion of constitutional identity, around the idea that this could be deployed as a practical excuse for authoritarians and populists to sidestep

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Individual posts about events will include a link to the pre-event working paper, if one is available, plus a post-event recording, if one is made.