European Constitutional Democracy in Peril: People, Principles, Institutions

European Constitutional Democracy in Peril: People, Principles, Institutions

 

The University of Exeter Law School and the Eötvös Loránd University Faculty of Social Sciences warmly invite you to the international conference “European Constitutional Democracy in Peril – People, Principles, Institutions” to be held at ELTE Lágymányos Campus in Budapest on 23-24 June 2016.

The convenors: Catherine Dupré, Kriszta Kovács, Gábor Attila Tóth

Venue: ELTE Faculty of Social Sciences (1/A Pázmány Péter sétány, Budapest, Hungary) See map
Room: 0.100/C
Date: 23-24 June 2016

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Programme

Thursday, 23 June

8.50              REGISTRATION, OPENING

9.15-10.30    PLENARY I. POLITICAL COMMUNITIES
Chair: Kriszta Kovács (ELTE)

  • The End of Empires: the Logic of Federation, and the Challenge of Nation States
    Andrew Arato (The New School, New York)
  • Forging Identity through Constitutional Means
    Maurice Adams and Michiel Bot (University of Tilburg)

10.30-10.45    Break

10.45-12.00    PLENARY II. DEMOS AND CONSTITUTIONAL REFORMS
Chair: Nenad Dimitrijevic (Central European University)

  • The Problem with the Sovereign’s Passions: Understanding, Educating, and Managing the People’s Emotions vs Constitutional Reforms
    Karolina Wigura (University of Oxford, University of Warsaw, Kultura Liberalna)
  • “Pole, Hungarian: Two Brothers” – Reflections on Attempts to Make de facto Constitutional Change in Poland
    Adam Bodnar (Ombudsman, Poland)

12.00-13.00    Lunch

13.00-14.15    PLENARY III. POPULISM AND AUTHORITARIANISM
Chair: Cesare Pinelli (Sapienza University of Rome)

  • Is There Such a Thing as Populist Constitutionalism?
    Jan-Werner Müller (Princeton University)
  • European Constitutional Ideas and the Rise of Authoritarianism
    Gábor Attila Tóth (EU Project ‘Support to the CCM’)

14.15-14.30    Break

14.30-16.00    PANEL I. THE POPULIST CHALLENGE
Chair: Jan-Werner Müller (Princeton University)

  • Populism and Constitutional Democracy
    Cesare Pinelli (Sapienza University of Rome)
  • Demos, Accountability and the Constitution
    Maxim Tomoszek (Polacky University, Olomouc)
  • How the EU Can Cope with Populist Regimes?
    Gábor Halmai (European University Institute, Florence)

14.30-16.00    PANEL II. HUMAN RIGHTS MECHANISMS
Chair: Rudolf Schnutz Dürr (Venice Commission, Council of Europe)

  • Why the British Make us Think Harder – Time for a Reassessment of the ECtHR
    Carla M. Zoethout (University of Amsterdam)
  • Lessons from Strasbourg: ‘European Consensus’ and the Role of Judges in European Constitutional Democracy
    Panos Kapotas (University of Portsmouth) and Vassilis P. Tzevelekos (University of Liverpool)
  • The Scope of the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights in the Member States
    Nóra Chronowski (ELTE)

16.00-16.15    Break

16.15-17.45    PANEL III. CITIZENS, MIGRANTS, ASYLUM-SEEKERS
Chair: Catherine Dupré (University of Exeter)

  • Manyfold British Exits: Defining the British Polity in Europe’s Plural Constitutional Order
    Alastair MacIver (European University Institute, Florence)
  • The Discourse of Differences in the EU: Comparative Analysis of Politicization of Refugee Crisis
    Gorkem Atsungur (American Institute of Central Asia)
  • Are Refugees Inside or Outside?
    Attila Szabó (Menedék, Hungarian Association for Migrants)

16.15-17.45    PANEL IV. DIRECT DEMOCRACY
Chair: Anna Wessely (ELTE)

  • People beyond Initiating European Legislation: Synopsis of the European Citizens’ Initiative from Hungarian and UK Perspectives 
    Neliana Rodean (University of Verona)
  • Referendum and Constitutional Changes in Iceland
    Agust Thor Arnason (University of Akureyri)
  • Direct Democracy in Hungary: From Popular Sovereignty to Popular Illusion
    Zoltán Pozsár-Szentmiklósy (ELTE)

Friday, 24 June

9.00-10.30    PANEL V. REGIONAL AND LOCAL TRENDS IN ADJUDICATION
Chair: Alexandru Tănase (President, Constitutional Court of Moldova)

  • Is it Bad to be a Patriot in a Conflict of National and International Courts: Is there a Difference Between the British, Hungarian and Russian Variants?
    Marina Lazareva (North-West Institute, Kutafin Moscow State Law University)
  • The Emerging Trends in the Judicial Use of Human Dignity in UK Law
    Daniel Bedford (University of Portsmouth)
  • The Constitutional Court of Romania: Guarantor and Guardian of the Participatory Democracy
    Valentina Barbateanu (Constitutional Court of Romania)

9.00-10.30    PANEL VI. COURTS UNDER ATTACK
Chair: Angela Julcher (Judge, Austrian Supreme Administrative Court)

  • Democratic Discipline? Techniques of Judicial Disempowerment in East Central Europe
    Christian Boulanger (Forum Transregionale Studien, Berlin) and
    Oliver W. Lembcke (University of Jena)
  • A Subservient Court – or Just an Instance of Judicial Deference?
    Ágnes Kovács (University of Debrecen)
  • Does Constitutional Review Really Breach the Principle of Separation of Powers?
    Tímea Drinóczi (University of Pécs)

10.30-11.00     Break

11.00-12.30   CLOSING PLENARY: JUDICIAL PROTECTION OF HUMAN RIGHTS
Chair: Gábor Attila Tóth (EU Project ‘Support to the CCM’)

  • Constitutional Justice – an Endangered Species?
    Rudolf Schnutz Dürr (Venice Commission, Council of Europe)
  • Constitutional Courts in Question: Judicial Roles and Legitimacy
    Catherine Dupré (University of Exeter)
    Discussant: Andrew Arato (The New School, New York)

13.00        Lunch

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