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The International Association of Constitutional Law || l'Association Internationale de Droit Constitutionnel

 

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?

10-12 December 2020, Melbourne Australia

2020 will be a key milestone for those focused on the health of constitutional democracy worldwide. It will mark the tenth anniversary of the election of the Fidesz government in Hungary, which has laid down a template for the active dismantling of democratic governance through incremental and sophisticated use of law and policy. Since 2010, the number of liberal democracies worldwide whose health, or even endurance, is now in doubt has grown exponentially.

Some states have closely followed the Hungarian script: Poland, under Law and Justice Party rule since 2015, has travelled toward constitutional breakdown and after the elections in October 2019 saw the rule of that party consolidated. In other states we see incremental deterioration of the democratic system that follows a less clear ‘masterplan’ but which remains highly troubling, from the USA, to India under the BJP (in power since 2014 and having won re-election in May 2019), to Brazil, where diffuse decay of the democratic system culminated in the election of the far-right President Jair Bolsonaro in October 2018.

Please Note: Roundtable postponed due to COVID-19 pandemic

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?

Le forum des jeunes chercheurs a été reporté aux 5-6 juillet 2021

L'Association Internationale de Droit Constitutionnel (IACL-AIDC) a le plaisir d'annoncer que son premier Forum des jeunes chercheurs aura lieu à l'Université nationale de Singapour les 2 et 3 juillet 2020. Il est organisé en collaboration avec le Centre for Asian Legal Studies de la Faculté de droit de l'Université nationale de Singapour et le Centre for Comparative Constitutional Studies de la Melbourne Law School. Le Forum vise à proposer aux jeunes chercheurs en droit constitutionnel une plateforme en vue de leur permettre (a) de développer leurs recherches en droit constitutionnel, (b) de rencontrer d'autres jeunes chercheurs, et en particulier de faire se rencontrer ceux venus des pays du "Nord" et des pays du "Sud", et (c) de recevoir des commentaires sur leurs recherches de la part d’experts reconnus internationalement.

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