In the contemporary world, globalization processes blur economic, social, cultural and other “state boundaries”. Apart from major advantages, they also bring about some global disadvantages, including the necessity to preserve cultural diversity as common heritage of mankind. On the national state level, the need to partly “re-establish” disappearing boundaries is inter alia mediated by introducing the notion of “constitutional identity”.
Constitutional identity is closely related to ethnic, religious, cultural, historical and political identity, but at the same time differs from them. In defining this phenomenon, many questions arise: should constitutional identity be future-oriented? What aspects of collective identity can underlie constitutional identity? What is the relationship between constitutional identity and national identity? What are the models of constitutional identity?
During the Roundtable, participants will discuss the nature and content of constitutional identity, problems of the constitutional identity implementation on subnational, national, and supranational levels (in particular, in the aspect of economic and political integration – based on the example of the EU and other entities).
A place within the Roundtable is given to discussing the role of constitutional courts in finding a balance between universal constitutional values and national identity. In particular, the participants will share their experience and discuss the approaches of national constitutional courts to understanding the relationship between universal constitutionalism and national identity in various states.
Young scholars interested in universal constitutionalism and comparative constitutional law will have an excellent opportunity to discuss their current research ideas and topics among themselves and with established scholars, as well as develop new arguments related to the Roundtable to include in their research.
Preferential topics to be addressed
Within the framework of the conference subject-matter, we particularly welcome proposals addressing “Constitutional Identity: Contemporary Issues and Challenges”.
The conveners encourage submissions from both PhD candidates and young scholars (post-docs; research fellows, assistant professors; adjuncts) at the early stage of their academic careers. Applications from scholars of any area of constitutional law are welcome.
Costs, Travel, and Accommodation
Papers are submitted free of charge. Each participant bears their own travel and accommodation costs. It will be provided coffee and lunch during the Roundtable.
Dates and Venue
The detailed program will be sent to the successful applicant no later than 1 March, 2021.