Weekly round-up of events

This week’s event announcements include:

  1. The Role of National Constitutions in European and Global Governance, Goodenough College, London, 26-27 November 2018
  2. Transnational Counter-Terrorism: The Urgent Need for Constitutionalist Attention, Current Legal Problems lecture, UCL, 29 November 2018


The Role of National Constitutions in European and Global Governance

Monday 26 November 2018 (all day) and Tuesday 27 November 2018 (half-day)

The Goodenough College in London

The concluding conference of the 5-year, European Research Council (ERC) funded research project ‘The Role of National Constitutions in European and Global Governance’.

The presentations will be given by leading scholars of constitutional law, who have written the project’s 29 national reports which will be published in January 2019 as a two-volume, open access book by T.M.C. Asser Press and Springer. The national reports will be accompanied by a comparative study. The details of the book are available HERE.

The presentations at the conference will be arranged in the following panels: Europe’s political, post-totalitarian and other constitutional cultures: The bills of rights, approaches to constitutional review, EU amendments The Data Retention Directive in national and EU courts Constitutional adjudication regarding the European Arrest Warrant Euro crisis, democracy and social rights Constitutional issues in the context of global governance Broader themes regarding EU, national and comparative constitutionalism and the future direction of travel

The speakers include:

  • Alison L. Young, Sir David Williams Professor of Public Law at the University of Cambridge and a Fellow of Robinson College
  • Patrick Birkinshaw, Emeritus Professor of Public Law and Director of the Institute of European Public Law, University of Hull
  • Cesare Pinelli, Professor of Constitutional Law, University of Rome Sapienza
  • Valsamis Mitsilegas, Professor of European Criminal Law, Queen Mary University of London
  • Monica Claes, Professor of European and Comparative Constitutional Law, Maastricht University
  • Patricia Popelier, Professor of Constitutional Law, University of Antwerp
  • Helle Krunke, Professor of Constitutional Law, University of Copenhagen, and Vice-President of the International Association of Constitutional Law
  • Mattias Wendel, Professor of Public Law, International Law, EU Law and Comparative Law, University of Bielefeld
  • Xenophon Contiades, Professor of Public Law, Panteion University, Athens, and Managing Director of the Centre for European Constitutional Law, Athens
  • Gerard Hogan, Advocate General at the European Court of Justice
  • Evgeni Tanchev, Advocate General at the European Court of Justice
  • Irmantas Jarukaitis, Judge at the European Court of Justice
  • Stanisław Biernat, Professor of European Law, Jagiellonian University, Cracow; formerly Vice-President of the Constitutional Tribunal of Poland
  • Jörg Gerkrath, Professor of European Law, University of Luxembourg
  • Tuomas Ojanen, Professor of Constitutional Law, University of Helsinki
  • Janne Salminen, Professor of Public Law, University of Turku
  • Joakim Nergelius, Professor of Constitutional Law, University of Örebro
  • Konrad Lachmayer, Professor for Public Law, European Law and Foundations of Law, Sigmund Freud University in Vienna
  • Giuseppe Martinico, Associate Professor in Comparative Public Law, Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna, Pisa
  • Barbara Guastaferro, Tenured Assistant Professor of Constitutional Law, University of Naples ‘Federico II’
  • Samo Bardutzky, Assistant Professor of Constitutional Law at the University of Ljubljana, Slovenia
  • Bogdan Iancu, Associate Professor in Comparative Constitutional Law and Constitutional Theory, University of Bucharest, Faculty of Political Science
  • Francisco Pereira Coutinho, Professor of Constitutional Law, Lisbon Nova Law School
  • Constantinos Kombos, Associate Professor of Public Law, University of Cyprus
  • Stéphanie Laulhé Shaelou, Professor of European Law and Reform, University of Central Lancashire, Cyprus
  • Márton Varju, Senior Research Fellow at the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Hungary
  • Nóra Chronowski, Associate Professor of Constitutional Law, National University of Public Service, Budapest, and Researcher, Hungarian Academy of Sciences
  • Joan Solares Mullor, Lecturer of Constitutional Law, Pompeu Fabra University, Barcelona
  • Madis Ernits, Judge, Tartu Appeals Court and Visiting Lecturer in Constitutional Law, University of Tartu
  • Carri Ginter, Associate Professor of European Law, University of Tartu
  • Martin Belov, Associate Professor in Constitutional Law, ‘St. Kliment Ohridski’ University of Sofia
  • Catherine Van De Heyning, Professor of Fundamental Rights, University of Antwerp
  • Raffaela Kunz, Senior Research Fellow, Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law, Heidelberg

The Principal Investigator of the project is Anneli Albi, Professor of European Law, University of Kent.

The full list of speakers, programme and further conference information are available HERE.

The online registration form is available HERE. Attendance is by pre-registration only. In case of interest in attending the conference, registration should be completed as soon as possible, or at the latest by Tuesday 20 November 2018. (A limited number of further registrations may be possible after that date.)


UCL Current Legal Problems lecture

Transnational Counter-Terrorism: The Urgent Need for Constitutionalist Attention

6:00 pm to 7:00 pm

Thursday, 29 November 2018

UCL Laws, London WC1H 0EG
Speaker: Professor Fiona de Londras  (Birmingham Law School, University of Birmingham)
About the lecture: Counter-terrorism is an increasingly transnational affair. While ‘legislative’ resolutions from the Security Council have attracted some attention in the counter-terrorism and constitutionalism literature(s), transnational counter-terrorism goes well beyond this. Resolutions, norms, Directives, soft law, ‘best practice’ guidance, model laws, ‘evidence’ building, and peer engagement are all part of the increasingly intensive—and increasingly intrusive—transnational counter-terrorism now in evidence.

Promulgated not only by international organisations (such as the UN and EU) but also by hard-to-define actors such as the Global Counter-Terrorism Forum and Financial Action Task Force, transnational counter-terrorism is increasingly imposing itself on domestic law- and politics-spaces, more often than not licensing (rather than limiting) what states do in this contentious policy field.

This transnational norm generation poses urgent challenges, undermining attempts to constitutionalise counter-terrorism activity at the domestic level through its opacity, apparent ‘irresistability’, and ability to close out stakeholders (including civil society) from processes of policy-making and ex post facto evaluation.

In this lecture, the nature and scale of the challenge posed by transnational counter-terrorism will be outlined, and the urgent need for constitutionalist attention to the transnational counter-terrorism space made out.

For more information and to register for the event, see HERE.