European Constitutionalism and the Virus of Distrust

April 27-28th 2022 in Prague, Czech Republic

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


Programme Committee of the conference

  • Helena Hofmannová (chair), Charles University, European Commission against Racism and Intolerance of Council of Europe (ECRI)
  • Marek Antoš, Charles University
  • Veronika Bílková, Charles University, European Commission for Democracy Through Law (Venice Commission of Council of Europe)
  • Kristina Koldinská, Charles University
  • David Kosař, Masaryk University
  • Zdeněk Kühn, Supreme Administrative Court of the Czech Republic, Charles University