Events

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

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

  • Power to the People: Constitutionalism in the Age of Populism
    Wednesday, 24 November 2021, online at 9pm Sydney time Speakers: Professor Mark Tushnet and Professor Bojan Bugarič On this occasion, Mark Tushnet* and Bojan Bugarič** will be joining us for a discussion about their newly-released book, Power to the People: Constitutionalism in the Age of Populism (Oxford University Press, 2021), in which they explore a

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  • Expertise for the End of History: The Rise of Comparative Constitutional Law in the 1990s
    A webinar from the Julius Stone Institute of Jurisprudence, University of Sydney Law School Thursday, 2 September 2021 at 6pm AEST, a webinar featuring speaker Dr Dylan Lino, from the University of Queensland Since the 1990s, the fortunes of comparative constitutional law as a field of scholarly enquiry have risen stratospherically. In accounting for the

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  • Abusive Constitutional Borrowing
    Wednesday, 22 September 2021, online at 1pm Sydney time Speakers: Professor Rosalind Dixon and Professor David Landau In Abusive Constitutional Borrowing (Oxford Comparative Constitutionalism series, Oxford University Press, 2021), Rosalind Dixon* and David Landau** address current patterns of democratic retrenchment, and consider the role of legitimating ideologies that help support different modes of ‘abusive constitutionalism’. With law

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  • Crises of Democracy
    Wednesday, 23 June 2021, online at 6pm Sydney time Speaker: Professor Adam Przeworski, New York University In Crises of Democracy (Cambridge University Press, 2019), Adam Przeworski* presents a panorama of the political situation throughout the world of established democracies, places it in the context of past misadventures of democratic regimes, and speculates on the prospects.

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  • Me The People
    Wednesday, 26 May 2021, online at 6pm Sydney time Speaker: Nadia Urbinati As the first in our webinar series for 2021, Professor Nadia Urbinati* will discuss her book Me The People: How Populism Transforms Democracy (Harvard University Press, 2019). In this book, Urbinati argues that populism should be regarded as a new form of representative

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  • The Ideal of the Rule of Law, and Why it Matters
    A webinar with Martin Krygier Thursday, 25 March 2021 at 10.00 CET, webinar hosted by Riga Graduate School of Law and SWPS University of Social Sciences and Humanities. Read more or register here
  • In solidarity with Myanmar
    12 March 2022 The project team would like to share a message from colleagues at the Australian National University and further afield. The opportunity is to add your name to a letter of solidarity: Please circulate among your legal community friends–lawyers, prosecutors, judges, and teachers: a letter of solidarity for our counterparts in Myanmar engaged

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  • 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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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.