Beyond practical reason and/or economic rationality do any other human distinctive features reflect on constitutional law? Is it possible to identify any range of moral feelings and/or emotional mind-states as normatively relevant in terms of constitutional decision-making? Do atavistic political sentiments still count? Why do similar written constitutions –with almost identical provisions- not exhibit similar levels of compliance?
Throughout history, in various geographies, it is crystal clear that certain individuals' moral and character skills have been key data for predicting social cohesion and civil cooperation. A wide range of savvy philosophers, politicians, and constitutional scholars have delved into this issue. Aristotle, Cicero, N. Machiavelli, T. Hobbes, JJ. Rousseau, D. Hume, Robespierre, T. Jefferson, J. Madison, M. Weber, H. Arendt, B. Williams, R. Hardin, M. Nussbaum, J. Habermas, T. Nagel, J. Elster, M. Sandel, A. Sajó; all of them are examples of this unstable trend.
On the 50th Anniversary of the United Nations Stockholm Conference
ENVIRONMENT, CLIMATE CHANGE AND CONSTITUTIONALISM
(IACL roundtable on “Environment, Climate Change and Constitutionalism”, The Union of Turkish Bar Associations, Ankara, Turkey, 20-21 October 2022)
Organized by the International Association of Constitutional Law (IACL), the Union of Turkish Bar Associations (TBB)
In collaboration with the International Center for Comparative Environmental Law (CIDCE), the Association of Research on Constitutional Law (ARCL)
Venue: the Union of Turkish Bar Associations Conference Hall, İlhami Soysal Sokak No. 3, 06230, Balgat, Ankara, Turkey (and online).
Climate change has turned into a global crisis today, as it affects almost everything. States are facing many challenges regarding the climate crisis and other environmental issues both domestically and transnationally. Climate crisis and other environmental issues have a deep impact on law, and they have been raising the question, among others, to what extent the existing legal instruments and measures are necessary and effective in combating this problem.