Carlos Bernal is Justice of the Colombian Constitutional Court (since May 2017) and an Associate Professor at Macquarie Law School (Sydney, Australia). His scholarship focuses on constitutional rights’ interpretation, comparative constitutional change, general jurisprudence – in particular on the intersection between social ontology and legal theory, and the philosophical foundations of tort law.
His qualifications include a LL.B. from the University Externado of Colombia (Bogotá – Colombia) (1996), a S.J.D. from the University of Salamanca (Spain) (2001), and a M.A. (2008) and a Ph.D. in Philosophy (2011) from the University of Florida (U.S.A). He has held visiting professorships at the Faculties of Law of the Universities of Paris I (Sorbonne) and X (Nanterre), and the Universty of Leon (Spain), and Senior Research Fellowships at the Yale Law School, the Kings’ College Law School,and the Max Plack Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law (Heidelberg).
Associate Professor Paul Blokker holds a Ph.D. from the European University Institute, and is currently in the Department of Sociology and Economic Law, University of Bologna. Until recently, he was associate professor and Jean Monnet Chair in European Political Sociology, and programme director of the MA programme Sociology in European Context, at the Institute of Sociological Studies, Charles University, Prague.
He is a member of the International Editorial Board of the European Journal of Social Theory, member of Editorial Collective of the journal Social Imaginaries, co-editor in the book series Social Imaginaries, a board member of the Research Network 32 European Political Sociology, European Sociological Association, and member of the International Editorial Board for Partecipazione e Conflitto/Participation and Conflict (FrancoAngeli).
Bojan Bugarič is Professor (Chair in Law) at the University of Sheffield, Department of Law. His research focuses on comparative constitutional law, international economic law and law/political economy of the European integration. He can be reached at B.Bugaric[at]sheffield.ac.uk.
Professor Rosalind Dixon is a Professor of Law, at the University of New South Wales, Faculty of Law. She earned her BA and LLB from the University of New South Wales, and was an associate to the Chief Justice of Australia, the Hon. Murray Gleeson AC, before attending Harvard Law School, where she obtained an LLM and SJD. Her work focuses on comparative constitutional law and constitutional design, constitutional democracy, theories of constitutional dialogue and amendment, socio-economic rights and constitutional law and gender.
Professor Gábor Halmai is chair of Comparative Constitutional Law, and Director of Graduate Studies at the European University Institute in Florence.
His primary research interests are comparative constitutional law, and international human rights. He has published several books and articles, as well as edited volumes on these topics in English, German and Hungarian. His most recent book, Perspectives on Global Constitutionalism, deals with the use of foreign and international law by domestic courts.
Professor Kim Lane Scheppele is the Laurance S. Rockefeller Professor of Sociology and International Affairs in the Woodrow Wilson School and the University Center for Human Values and served as Director of the Program in Law and Public Affairs at Princeton University from 2005 until 2015. She joined the Princeton faculty in 2005 after nearly a decade on the faculty of the University of Pennsylvania School of Law, where she was the John J. O’Brien Professor of Comparative Law.
Scheppele’s work focuses on the intersection of constitutional and international law, particularly in constitutional systems under stress. After 1989, Scheppele studied the emergence of constitutional law in Hungary and Russia, living in both places for extended periods. After 9/11, Scheppele researched the effects of the international “war on terror” on constitutional protections around the world. Her many publications on both post-1989 constitutional transitions and on post-9/11 constitutional challenges have appeared in law reviews, social science journals and multiple languages. In the last two years, she has been a public commentator on the transformation of Hungary from a constitutional-democratic state to one that risks breaching constitutional principles of the European Union.