Florence: The vices and virtues of international constitutionalism

20-22 October 2011
European University Institute, Florence

Two recent tendencies have shaped recent discourses on  international constitutionalism. On one side, the expansion of international law to areas never touched before has put into question the legitimacy and ability of international law in managing subjects that belonged previously to states. On the other side, international law is fragmenting into functionally separated regimes, challenging the unity and coherence of international law. This has prompted scholars to apply a constitutionalist reading of international law as an attempt to impose order, e.g. via the construction of legal hierarchy and the prioritization of certain values. Critics, however, have pointed at possible pitfalls and dangers of a constitutionalist reading of international law, including the risk of imposing specific values – e.g. Western, democratic, capitalist –  and a particular understanding of order, to the detriment of those who beg to differ. Consequently, the feasibility of the further development of international constitutionalism warrants examination.

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Please find the abstracts of some of the participants of the Training School below by clicking their names.

Christiane Ahlborn

Chris Boyd

Daniel Costelloe

Marieke de Hoon

Veronika Fikfak

Sarah Lambrecht

Michael Freitas Mohallem

Noémi Nagy

Hadassa Noorda

Lucrezia Palandri

Marjolein Schaap

Werner Vandenbruwaene

Zampia Vernadaki