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     CT Clinic (2012-2014)
     Colloquium (2012-2013 Series)
     Colloquium (Fall 2013 Series)

The Constitutional Transitions Colloquium

From Fall 2012 through Fall 2013, Constitutional Transitions ran a Colloquium series while at the New York University School of Law.

For information on the Fall 2012-Spring 2013 Colloquium Series, click here.

The Fall 2013 Colloquium series, The Constitutional Transitions & Global and Comparative Law Colloquium: Emerging From / Sliding Back into Authoritarianism, was co-convened by Professors Sujit Choudhry and Mattias Kumm.

The Middle East and North Africa is only the latest region in which constitutional struggles are taking place to leave behind authoritarianism and reach a new, more democratic, more rights-respecting constitutional settlement. While some transitions from authoritarianism have succeeded, others have only been partially successful. Even among those countries where transitions appear to have succeeded, we can observe backsliding into authoritarianism in some cases. This colloquium analyzed and discussed cutting-edge scholarship addressing these and related issues to try to get a better understanding of these dynamics and the constitutional mechanisms that might enable or constrain them.

Leading experts from North America, Europe and the Middle East presented works-in-progress focusing on countries in the Middle East-North Africa region, Eastern and Central Europe, and other regions centered around the following questions:

  • What are the variables that influence whether a transition will be successful or stall?
  • What are the factors that determine whether a democratic constitutional settlement will remain stable or be susceptible to backsliding?
  • Are even mature constitutional democracies susceptible to authoritarian backsliding?

Fall 2013 Colloquium Events

September 4, 2013

Authoritarian Constitutionalism.
Mark Tushnet, Harvard Law School

September 18, 2013

Pluralism by Default and the Sources of Political Competition after the Cold War.
Lucan Way, University of Toronto

October 9, 2013

The Democratic Risk to Democratic Transitions
Samuel Issacharoff, NYU School of Law

October 23, 2013

Egypt: A Constitutional Court in an Unconstitutional Setting
Nathan Brown, George Washington University

November 6, 2013

Backsliding into Authoritarianism in Europe? Reflections on Hungary and Romania

A Panel Discussion Featuring:

Jan-Werner Müller, Princeton University
Lech Garlicki, NYU School of Law and University of Warsaw
Wojciech Sadurski, University of Sydney and Joint Straus/Senior Emile Noël Fellow, NYU School of Law
Kim Lane Scheppele, Princeton University

November 20, 2013

The Content of Authoritarian Constitutions
Tom Ginsburg, University of Chicago

December 4, 2013

The Politics of Foreign Citations in Discordant Constitutional Settings
Ran Hirschl, University of Toronto

For information on the Fall 2012- Spring 2013 Colloquium Series, click here.

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