Just two out of many panels, which made this yet another great conference. Proud to have been part of it for the fourth year in a row, after Florence, New York City and Berlin.
Ernst-Wolfgang Böckenförde’s Constitutional Thought in Comparative Perspective
Participants: Tine Stein, Mirjam Künkler Sabino Cassese, Kai Möller, Michaela Hailbronner, Alexander Somek
‘Ernst-Wolfgang Böckenförde (born 1930) is one of Germany’s foremost legal scholars and political thinkers. As a scholar of constitutional law, Böckenförde has been a major contributor to the conceptual framework of the modern state, and to political and ethical controversies from vexed questions about potential states of emergency to the ethics of genetic engineering. As a judge on Germany’s Federal Constitutional Court (1983 – 1996) and the author of the highest number of dissenting opinions in the court’s history, Böckenförde has significantly influenced the way law and politics are conceived of in Germany. This panel revisits Böckenförde’s work as a late beacon of the German statist tradition and probes its relevance amid contemporary debates about the constitutional implications of a globalized world order, where notions of a post-state, post-sovereign, and multi-level ordering, have taken center stage. Böckenförde is unique in that he confronts the basic concepts and conceptual presuppositions of the old Staatslehre with the challenges of an interdependent world. Focusing on his notions of the state and of the constitution, participants explore the timeliness of Böckenförde’s work and ask whether and to what extent it can serve as a basis for a European public law.’
Searching for the Constitutional Identity within EU: Beyond Courts’ Interpretation
Participants: Tímea Drinóczi, Giacomo Delledonne, Pietro Faraguna, Marco Bassini, Neliana Rodean
‘In the recent time identity of the constitutional order has become a challenged topic within the European space both in respect of its subjective sense of selfness of a member state vis-á-vis others and regarding the construction of a European Constitutional identity. The panel invites scholars to discuss the ambivalent meaning of constitutional identity focusing, firstly, on how European constitutional identity relates to the specific constitutional identities of European nation-states and the implications for the division of authority between the European and national levels within the EU. Secondly, the panel offers the opportunity to discover to what extend the constitutional identity became the explicit arena of disputes between Courts, and how its definition goes beyond their interpretation.’