Originally envisaged as a 2-day event in Melbourne, the event was re-imagined as a series of 9 inter-connected webinars across 2 weeks, from 18-26 November 2020. This landmark online event featured 50 speakers from 5 continents.
At the end of what has been an acutely challenging year for democracy, this Roundtable aimed to provide a moment to pause and reflect, not only on 2020, but to look back on the past 10 years, and contemplate the future. To take the long view, from a truly global perspective.
The Roundtable’s 9 webinars were devoted to an array of themes including global and regional overviews, challenges from algorithmic governance to vote suppression, understudied countries, key actors like courts, parliaments and parties, and possible remedies and renewal of our democratic systems.
Webinar 1 - Global Challenges: Threats & Resilience – 18 November
Webinar 2 - Global Challenges: The Big Picture – 18 November
Webinar 3 - Americas: Constitutional Decay, Breakdown & Resilience – 19 November
Webinar 4 - Middle East & Africa: Constitutionalism, Corruption & Courts – 19 November
Webinar 5 - Asia: Non-Linear Constitutional Pathways – 24 November
Webinar 6 - Europe: Constitutional Impatience & Uncertainty – 24 November
Webinar 7 - Asia: Spotlight on India & Sri Lanka – 25 November
Webinar 8 - Europe: Spotlight on Hungary & Poland – 25 November
webinar 9 - Saving Constitutional Democracy: Remedies & Renewal – 26 November
The speakers, from some 30 states across the world, included both established and emerging scholars and practitioners for an inclusive conversation that brought fresh insights to the intensifying debate about constitutional democracy’s health and future.
All speakers have produced a 2000-word paper, published together as a Blog Symposium jointly hosted on the Roundtable website and the IACL-AIDC Blog.
You can access the website here
You can download the programme here
Professor Wojciech Sadurski & Associate Professor Tom Gerald Daly
Professor Wojciech Sadurski
Challis Professor of Jurisprudence, University of Sydney and Professor at the University of Warsaw, member of the International Association of Constitutional Law (IACL) Executive Committee, and author of Poland’s Constitutional Breakdown (Oxford University Press, 2019).
Associate Professor Tom Gerald Daly
Deputy Director of Melbourne School of Government, Co-Editor of the IACL-AIDC Blog, and Director of Democratic Decay & Renewal (DEM-DEC; www.democratic-decay.org).
Link to the official program: https://events.spbu.ru/events/anons/identity/program.html?lang=Eng
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?
Call for Papers is closed
IACL-AIDC Junior Scholars Forum has been postponed to 5-6 July 2021
The International Association of Constitutional Law (IACL-AIDC) is pleased to announce its inaugural Junior Scholars Forum to be held at the National University of Singapore on 2-3 July 2020, in collaboration with the National University of Singapore Faculty of Law’s Centre for Asian Legal Studies and Melbourne Law School’s Centre for Comparative Constitutional Studies. The Forum aims to provide junior constitutional law scholars with a platform (a) to develop their scholarship and interest in constitutional law, (b) to connect with other junior scholars from around the world, in particular bridging the gap between scholars located in the ‘Global North’ and ‘Global South’, and (c) to receive feedback on their research and writing from distinguished scholars in the field.