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09:30 to 13:00
End date
09 December 2016
Haldane Room, Wolfson College, Linton Road, Oxford OX2 6UD

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Thursday, 8 December 2016 - 9:30am to Friday, 9 December 2016 - 1:00pm


Beyond the Liberal Constitution: European Voices of Dissent and the Constitutional Consequences



The people are angry and want change. Across Europe, the United States, and elsewhere, the people, or more accurately, segments of the People, are demonstrating their discontent and disenchantment with some of the ideas and institutions at the foundations of contemporary Western societies. 

Whether it be a growing intolerance of difference and the revival of nationalist sentiments, disaffection with the institutions of government and demands for more direct forms of democracy, or fears over national security and the emergence of populist, charismatic leaders, such illiberal trends have gained significant traction in recent years.

In this workshop, a roundtable of experts from around Europe and the US will debate the issues, and assess the implications of these rising currents for national constitutions and that of the European Union.

Workshop Programme

To end the first day of the workshop, Professor Denis Galligan will give a Keynote Lecture at 5.30pm on Thursday 8th December, entitled The Constitution in Crisis 2016.


Participants include:

Denis Galligan, Professor of Socio-Legal Studies, Oxford

John W Adams, Chairman, FLJS and Adjunct Professor, Rutgers University

David S Bell, Emeritus Professor of French Government and Politics, University of Leeds

Paul Craig, Professor in English Law, Oxford

Bill Kissane, Associate Professor in Politics, London School of Economics and Political Science

Mikołaj Pietrzak, Partner at Pietrzak Sidor & Wspólnicy, Associate Tenant at Doughty Street Chambers

Henry Sardaryan, Deputy Director, International Institute of Administration, MGIMO-University under the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Daniel Smilov, Associate Professor, Political Science Department, University of Sofia, and Programme Director, Centre for Liberal Strategies, Sofia

Gábor Attila Tóth, Associate Professor of Constitutional Law and Human Rights, Budapest and Debrecen

Frank Vibert, Senior Visiting Fellow, Department of Government, London School of Economics and Political Science

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