Conference Report: Constitutionalism in the Age of Populism
The international conference was held at the University of Victoria in March 2020 just before the COVID-19 lockdown. It was organized jointly by the EUCAnet Initiative, the Cedar Trees Institute at the Centre for Global Studies, and the Faculty of Law at the University of Victoria. While the grant of the European Union awarded to Oliver Schmidtke, the Centre for Global Studies infrastructure and the SSHRC Connection grant secured by Jeremy Webber allowed for the base funding of this event, the contributions of the Cedar Trees Institute, the Faculties of Humanities and Social Sciences at the University of Victoria as well as the support of ELTE University and University of New South Wales were crucial for its success. This report allows the participants and other readers to reflect on the topics that were brought up by scholars from around the world just before the COVID-19 lockdown forced the international exchange into the digital world. Find all the abstracts in our conference Report II or directly on our CEDoD project website. A fully accessible video archive is available on YouTube.
Contributions to the Conference:
Colin Macleod: Demos or Demons: Do Populist Majorities Threaten Democracy?
Daniel Weinstock: Global Responses to Populism and its Causes
John Erik Fossum: Populism and the Question of EU Reform
János Mécs: Populism, elections, legal paradigm: The interpretative struggle of the Hungarian constitutional court in electoral matters
Kristen Rundle: Populism, Constitutionalism, and the Administrative State
Michał Stambulski: The (Im)Possibility of Populist Jurisprudence. Lessons from Poland
Patricia Cochran: Jurisdictional Relationships
Richard Bellamy: When is Democracy Constitutional?
Thibault Biscahie: The Democratic Limits of “Anti-Populism”
Zoltán Pozsár-Szentmiklósy: Informal, Democratic Structures and the Control of the Central Political Power