Käte Hamburger Lecture

Multi-layered Constitutionalism in the Age of Illiberal Politics and Democratic Backsliding: A Global Perspective

Duisburg – 30 May 2017

Multi-layered constitutionalism is a European idea, built on the willingness to cooperate, to respect, and to comply with even uncomfortable decisions. The European multi-layered constitutional project is starting to crumble under its own weight. Some of the signs are subtle, others more drastic. The continuing constitutional chicanery of Hungary, and more recently of Poland, is a symptom of shortcomings of multi-layered constitutionalism which should be of concern for scholars of constitutionalism and global constitutional cooperation around the world, especially while looking at the speed and ease with which the Hungarian recipe for dismantling constitutionalism travelled through the multi-layered constitutional architecture. At the 24th Käte Hamburger Lecture Prof. Dr Renáta Uitz explored the contours of multi-layered constitutionalism in a global environment where constitutionalism is under threat from illiberal, populism, authoritarian leaders.

Prof. Dr Renáta Uitz is Professor at Department of Legal Studies, Chair of the Comparative Constitutional Law Programme, Central European University Budapest. Her lecture was complemented by comments from Prof. Dr Jürgen Bast, Professor of Public Law and European Law, Justus-Liebig-University Giessen, and Academic Director of Refugee Law Clinic Gießen. The subsequent discussion with the audience was moderated by Prof. Dr Theresa Reinold, Junior Professor for Global and Transnational Cooperation Research, University of Duisburg-Essen.

Date: 30 May 2017, 18:30–20:00 h
Venue: University of Duisburg-Essen, Room LS 105, Lotharstr. 53, 47057 Duisburg