European Constitutionalism and the Virus of Distrust
April 27-28th 2022
Prague, Czech Republic

The Charles University Faculty of Law is pleased to announce that an international conference titled “European Constitutionalism and the Virus of Distrust” will be held in Prague, Czech Republic on April 27-28, 2022

Program of the conference can be found here. We look forward to seeing you at the conference, please register here

One of the basic features of the present is that we have never lived "in one world" as we do today. As a result, we face problems that can no longer be solved at local level, only in the territory of one state. One of the key issues we face on all continents is the crisis of trust in modern constitutionalism and its principles as well as guarantees. This problem manifests itself in a number of often very diverse phenomena: from issues of the classic elements of the division of power, including the tension between the legislature and the judiciary, to the system of human rights protection, both at national and international level. The conference seeks to capture and discuss these individual phenomena, which pose challenges to modern constitutionalism. Topics may include but are not limited to:

  • liberal democracy and its rivals
  • traditional origins of constitutionalism and their legitimacy in the present day
  • liberal constitutionalism and the battles of past centuries
  • covid-19 and (dis)trust, vaccination, reservation of conscience
  • identity, migration and nation
  • legality and legitimacy of the “new” human rights.

Keynote speakers: 

  • Daniel Halberstam, Eric Stein Collegiate Professor of Law at the University of Michigan Law School
  • Christopher McCrudden, Professor of Human Rights and Equality Law at Queen’s University Belfast and William W Cook Global Law Professor at the University of Michigan Law School
  • Renáta Uitz, Professor of Comparative Constitutional Law at the Central European University, Co-Director of CEU Democracy Institute

Find out more about the conference