Braga: International Law Between Pluralism and Constitutionalism

28-30 June 2012
University of Minho (Portugal), School of Law

How should we understand the role of law in a post-national constellation? Contemporary legal arrangements increasingly challenge the traditional foundations of international law, such as the pivotal role of state consent, the divide between international and domestic spheres, the boundaries between public and private or the range of interests protected by transnational law. However, while there is wide agreement that international law is no longer solely concerned with relations between sovereign states, there is much less agreement about possible alternative conceptual schemes that could make sense of the foundational changes in the transnational order. In recent decades, at least two competing approaches have been put forward, namely constitutionalism and pluralism. Whereas constitutionalism emphasizes unity, hierarchy and the need to control politics through legal mechanisms,  pluralism questions the possibility and desirability of an overarching legal order and seeks alternative ways of dealing with possible normative conflicts.  This PhD school studies the pros and cons of both approaches to international law and politics. Possible topics include (but are not limited to):
• Citizenship in the postnational constellation
• The role of domestic and transnational courts and tribunals
•  The politics of international law
•  Theoretical reflections on postnational constitutionalism and pluralism

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

Joana Rita Abreu
Paola Andrea Acosta
Andrés Bautista Hernáez
Christoph Brendel
Claire Buggenhoudt
Marieke de Hoon
Maria Ana Ferraz
Patrícia Jerónimo
Sarah Lambrecht
Jessica Lawrence
Heko Scheltema

Retrospective view
"Having finally come from Braga back to Praga, I would like to thank to all of you for the wonderful event we had last week. My expectations, after the Florence meeting, had been quite high. Yet, the seminar by far exceeded them, making me leave Portugal with many inspirative ideas and, of course, a keen desire to learn more about inter- and trans-constitutionality.
Thanks to the organisers (both from the COST project and from the University of Minho) for having made this possible and thanks to everyone for your input. The Braga meeting was one of the most-interactive and, consequently, thought-stimulating events, I have ever attended and I sincerely hope, that there will be an opportunity to follow up on the interesting debates we had. And as I indicated, I would be pleased and honoured to offer Prague as a place for future debates."
Veronika Bílkóva
Institute of International Relations - Prague
Trainer TS Braga

Click here for a photo of (most of) the participants.