Events

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

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

  • Extinguishing the Court
    Why There Is No Salvation for the Current Polish Constitutional Tribunal In a recent piece for Verfassungsblog, Wojciech Sadurski writes: The quasi-judges in the Constitutional Tribunal are like a spoonful of tar in a barrel of honey: they contaminate the whole of the Tribunal. That is why the whole of the Constitutional Tribunal should be

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  • New working paper series launched
    Focus on the relationship between law and authoritarianism In July 2022, the Albert Hirschman Centre on Democracy at the Geneva Graduate Institute launched a new working paper series. The current special focus of the series is on the rule of law and authoritarian practices – particularly papers that examine the relationship between law and authoritarianism, whether

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  • Populism and the Rule of Law – in the world and in Warsaw
    A webinar with Martin Krygier Wednesday, 24 August 2022, webinar hosted by the Australian Institute of Polish Affairs. Read more or register here
  • A Pandemic of Populists
    Wednesday, 12 October 2022, online at 6pm Sydney time Speaker: Professor Wojciech Sadurski With his most recent book hot off the presses in late July, this upcoming webinar will see one of the leaders of our research project, Wojciech Sadurski*, move to the speaker’s chair to discuss A Pandemic of Populists (Cambridge University Press, 2022). ‘A renowned expert

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  • Populism and Civil Society
    Wednesday, 23 November 2022, online at 8am Sydney time (which will be the evening of Tuesday 22 November 2022 in Europe and the Americas) Speakers: Professor Andrew Arato and Professor Jean L Cohen On this occasion, Andrew Arato* and Jean Cohen** will be joining us for a discussion about their recent book, Populism and Civil Society: The

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  • Constitutional Imaginaries
    Wednesday, 8 June 2022, online at 6pm Sydney time Speaker: Professor Jiří Přibáň On this occasion, Jiří Přibáň* will be joining us for a discussion about his recent book, Constitutional Imaginaries: A Theory of European Societal Constitutionalism (Routledge, 2021). The book addresses the sociology of imagined communities and the philosophy of modern social imaginaries in

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  • Ruling By Cheating: Governance in Illiberal Democracy
    Tuesday, 26 April 2022, online at 6pm Sydney time Speaker: Professor András Sajó On this occasion, András Sajó,* will be joining us for a discussion about his recent book, Ruling By Cheating: Governance in Illiberal Democracy (Cambridge University Press, 2021). The book centres on analysing the constitutional system of illiberal democracies and illiberal phenomena in

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  • Democracy Rules
    Thursday, 24 February 2022, online at 8am Sydney time (which will be the evening of Wednesday 23 February 2022 in Europe and the Americas) Speaker: Professor Jan-Werner Müller On this occasion, Jan-Werner Müller* will be joining us for a discussion about his newly-released book, Democracy Rules (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2021), which centres on the

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  • 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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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.