Global Constitutionalism Colloqium is back!
Our biweekly Colloqium is back. It will take place every second Wednesday via Zoom - In order to participate please email Hilde Ottschofski (hilde.ottschofski [at] wzb.eu).
Below are the current and past colloqiua
Alon Harel (Hebrew University)
Reclaming the Public - Book preview and Discussion
András Jakab (Salzburg University)
The Spitzenkandidat is Back
Online Workshop: Solange 50th Anniversary
On 12-13 January 2023, we will be hosting an online workshop on the 50th Anniversary of the Solange Judgment in cooperation with Martin-Luther University Halle-Wittenberg.
For more information, registration and the list of panels, see the event page.
Academic Freedom - Conceptualisation, Contestations and Constitutional Challenges
On 09-10 February 2023 we will hold a Panel Discussion in Budapest on Academic Freedom in cooperation with ELTE University and SCRIPTS. The Discussion will feature, among others, Mattias Kumm and Kriszta Kovács.
The workshop aims to examine the content of academic freedom as a liberal norm and examine patterns in its justification and contestation. First, it examines the emergence of academic freedom, its spread and its evolution as a global and regional norm. Then the workshop takes a closer look at the individual dynamics and causes of contestation, as well as legal and political strategies of resistance in the East Central European region.
The event is open to the public, but the number of participants is restricted. To register, please send an email to hilde.ottschofski [at] wzb.eu by January 31, 2023.
For more Information, Panels and Panelists follow the link in the title.
"Perspektiven nach dem Ukrainekrieg" - Mattias Kumm
The new book by Mattias Kumm et al "Perspektiven nach dem Ukrainekrieg - Europa auf dem Weg zu einer neuen Friedensordnung?" has been published. He wrote the chapter "Der Ukrainekrieg und die Zukunft der internationalen Rechtsordnung". Here he argues that supporting Ukraine is not enough. The international legal order needs fundamental reforms if it is to serve as a peace order.
Mattias Kumm is the author of the book, along with Julian Nida-Rümelin, Erich Vad, Albrecht von Müller, Werner Weidenfeld and Antje Vollmer. It is published by Herder Verlag.
Kriszta Kovács publishes the book chapter Facing the Shadows of the Past during Transitions: The Role of the Constitutions in the Case of Hungary
Kriszta Kovács contributes to Cheng-Yi Huang's edited volume Constitutionalizing Transitional Justice (Routledge, 2022) in her latest publication. Here she engages with Hungary, exploring the influence of Hungary's history on transitional justice.
The book will be published on November 11, 2022.
Cheng-Yi Huang is affiliated with the Academia Sinica.
Exhibition curated by Dieter Gosewinkel opens at the Deutsches Historisches Museum Berlin
Do you belong here? Or don’t you? This question triggers strong, even conflicting feelings. Many of these feelings are bound together by the idea of citizenship: a legal status that brings some people together while separating others, that fosters a sense of national and political community, but also denotes a set of differences and gives priority over those outside the community.
Based on three European countries the Deutsches Historisches Museum in Berlin reveals in its exhibition "Citizenships. France, Poland, Germany since 1789” the changing face of both the meaning of citizenship and its power to galvanize. The show will be on view from 1.7.2022 to 15.1.2023.
Dieter Gosewinkel's "Struggles for Belonging" published by OUP
Citizenship was the most important mark of political belonging in Europe in the twentieth century, while estate, religion, party, class, and nation lost political significance in the century of extremes. This is shown by examining the legal institution of citizenship, with its deciding influence on the limits of a political community, on inclusion and exclusion. Citizenship determined a person's protection, equality, and freedom and thus his or her chances in life and very survival. "Struggles for Belonging" recounts the history of citizenship in Europe as the history of European statehood in the twentieth and early twenty-first centuries. It does so from three vantage points: as the development of a legal institution crucial to European constitutionalism; as a measure of an individual's opportunities for self-fulfilment ranging from freedom to totalitarian subjugation; and as a succession of alternating, often sharply divergent political regimes, considered from the perspective of their inclusivity and exclusivity, and its justification.
“To replace force with law”
Ester Herlin-Karnell is co-editor of the recently published Public Uses of Coercion and Force from Constitutionalism to War (OUP 2021). Read our latest LawLog post to find out how this edited volume offers “a novel understanding of the status of states” and why “force without freedom guaranteed by law is barbarism”!
Feminist Judgments Project
Since October 2021, Kriszta Kovács has been participating in the Feminist Judgments Project focused on Central and Eastern Europe. The project, supported by University College London, aims at critiquing and eventually rewriting key judicial decisions from the region.
New SCRIPTS research project launched
Since 1 September 2021, Mattias Kumm and Kriszta Kovács have been working in the SCRIPTS project "Science Friction: Patterns, Causes and Effects of Academic Freedom Contestations". The project combines the disciplinary perspectives of international relations and comparative politics with constitutional law to analyse, assess and explain the growing contestation of academic freedom worldwide.
About our research
Mattias Kumm's research focuses on the theory and practice of constitutionalism and human rights on the national, European and global levels. How should we think of the basic institutions and categories of existing law and how should they be progressively developed, if we take seriously the widely embraced idea that any claim to legitimate authority must be based on the rule of law, democracy and human rights? Conversely, which concepts, doctrines and institutional practices effectively fall short in light of the principles they claim to reflect? One of his current projects is to analyze constitutionalism theoretically and historically as a revolutionary, transformative, and militant practice, to help better understand contemporary challenges and reflect on possible responses to these challenges.