Call for papers: Workshop "Constitutional Review in the Visegrad Countries: In-Between Impressions and Reality"

 

PRINCIPAL ORGANIZERS: CHARLES UNIVERSITY FACULTY OF LAW and INSTITUTE OF STATE AND LAW, CZECH ACADEMY OF SCIENCES

VENUE: PRAGUE, 27 OCTOBER 2017 (exact location to be specified later)

WORKING LANGUAGES: ENGLISH

Two of the Visegrad countries (Hungary and Poland) have recently witnessed profound transformations of their constitutional courts and their respective powers; in the other two countries (Czech Republic and Slovakia) the constitutional review and its legitimacy is subject to an intense (and sometimes rather emotional) doctrinal and public debate. Thus, the aim of the one-day workshop is primarily to provide an overview of the key elements of these transformations/debates in the respective countries of the Visegrad group and to trace their impact upon the legal and political environment of these countries.

Secondly and essentially, the workshop is to address the issue of whether these transformations can be seen as a direct consequence of relevant case-law of the constitutional courts and their political role in the post-Communist period, or whether they rather result from the public perception that constitutional courts excessively interfere into the everyday politics, or whether they form a part of the political redesign of public institutions in these countries.

 As a point of comparison, we would like to mention the example of Austria. The constitutional design concerning the place and role of the Austrian Verfassungsgerichtshof does not essentially differ from the other countries of the CEE region. Therefore, after the years of post-Communist transformation in which the Visegrad constitutional courts indeed played a significant role, Austria might provide an interesting point of reference for both the lawyers and the general public on the functioning of the constitutional court in an established democracy in the Eastern part of Central Europe.

In terms of the structure of the workshop, the organizers expect two contributions regarding each country. One of them would assess the on-going debate on the real political role of a constitutional court (taking into account for example the workload, structure and effects of a respective constitutional court´s case-law as well as the reaction of political elites and the public with respect to the most sensitive cases) and the other would comment on the current patterns of the debate on the role of constitutional courts in these countries and their transformations.

Scholars interested in the topic should submit an abstract of up to 500 words to ondrejko @ prf.cuni.cz by 31 August 2017. The committee composed of members of both convening institutions will notify the selected participants by 5 September 2017.

In case of participants presenting their paper and coming from academies of sciences, travel and living costs might be covered by bilateral exchange programmes. In case of other participants, accommodation costs can be partly borne by the organizers.

 

For further information please contact Jana Ondřejková at ondrejko @ prf.cuni.cz






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