Global and Comparative Public Law Colloquium

Prof. Mattias Kumm and Prof. Joseph Weiler,  Co-Conveners

Fall 2020
Wednesday Evenings 6:40 PM - 8:30 PM
Class will be held remotely

2 Credits

This colloquium explores conceptual, institutional and normative issues raised by the globalization of public law as well as the more recent backlash against it. After liberal constitutional democracy spread across the globe in the past fifty years, more recently we see a pattern of democratic backsliding. After the increasing transnational integration of states associated with 'globalization', challenging the sharp traditional distinction between national law and international law and giving rise to such fields as Global Constitutional Law and Global Administrative Law, the order that has evolved after the end of the Cold War has more recently been subjected to fundamental challenges. The invited paper givers for this colloquium address a wide range of central issues from different methodological perspectives relating to the globalization of public law and its discontents.

Fall 2020 Schedule of Presenters: 

*The Colloquium will meet weekly. There will be external paper presentations on the following dates:

Sept. 16: Kai Moller (LSE, London)
Beyond Reasonableness: The Dignitarian Structure of Human and Constitutional Rights

Sept. 23: Liora Lazarus (Oxford)  Constitutional Scholars as Constitutional Actors

Sept. 30: Sujit Choudhry (WZB) Opposition Rights in Parliamentary Democracies

Oct. 7: Goncalo Almeida Ribeiro (Portuguese Constitutional Court & Católica, Lisbon) What is Constitutional Interpretation?  

Oct. 14: Sarah Trotter (LSE, London) Hope's relations: A theory of the 'right to hope' in European human rights law 

Oct. 21: Evan Fox Decent (Mc Gill, Montreal) The Authority of International Refugee Law 

Oct. 28: Paul Kahn (Yale)  Law and Representation: Observations from an American Constitutionalist

Nov. 4: Aileen Kavanagh (Oxford)  Underuse of the Override

Nov. 11: Conrado Hübner Mendes (USP, Sao Paulo) A Deliberative Style is a Moral Style

Nov. 18: Francesca Bignami (George Washington) Material Liberty and the Administrative State

Dec. 2:  Madhav Khosla (Columbia) Is a Science of Comparative Constitutionalism Possible?



*Papers will be made available one week prior to the presentation date.  Please note that the schedule may change.