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Presentations held in summer semester 2018:

April 17

Introductory session

April 24

Sujit Choudhry (University of California, Berkeley)

"Territorial Cleavages and Constitutional Transitions: Political Mobilization, Constitution-Making Process and Constitutional Design"

May 1

May Day. No Berlin Colloquium.

May 8

Matej Avbelj (Graduate School of Government and European Studies, Kranj)

"Ideology on the Courts – Why and How does it Matter?" (together with Janez Šušteršič)

May 15

Qianfan Zhang (Peking University/ Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin)

"Social Contract as a Metaconstitution"

May 22

Michaela Hailbronner (University of Münster)

"Transformative Constitutionalism: Not Only in the Global South"

May 29

Philipp Dann (Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin)

"Democratic Constitutionalism in Continental Polities: Comparing India and the EU"

June 5

Robert Alexy (University of Kiel)

"The Necessity of Proportionality in the Application of Constitutional Rights"

June 12

No Berlin Colloquium.

June 19

Kai Möller (London School of Economics and Political Science)

"Justifying the culture of justification"

June 26

No Berlin Colloquium.

July 3

Alon Harel (Hebrew University of Jerusalem)

"Vox Populi Vox Dei: Populism, Elitism and Private Reason" (together with Ofer Malchai)

July 10

Alexander Somek (University of Vienna)

"The real constitution: A reply to James Madison"
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During summer semester 2019, the Berlin Colloquium will take place on:

Thursdays, 6:15 - 7:45 pm

Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
Unter den Linden 9
10117 Berlin

Room 210


Organized by

Mattias Kumm

WZB Center for Global Constitutionalism
Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

About the Berlin Colloquium

The Berlin Colloquium focuses on work in progress by leading contemporary scholars of global and comparative public law. The invited guest speakers discuss their work in person with participants. Most contributions concentrate on central concepts and ideas relating to public law (such as sovereignty, democracy, rule of law, human rights) generally or as as they play out in specific institutional and doctrinal contexts.

Texts are distributed in advance and participants are expected to read and prepare each session to enable them to engage in discussions with the author. The majority of presenting scholars present in the English language, the lingua franca of global public law scholarship. The colloquium is likely to be of particular interest to persons seriously considering writing a dissertation in either legal or political philosophy or public, European or international law.

Papers are available here closer to the presentations.