Thorben Klünder on “Provisional Legal Concepts – Linguistic change of early European Law”

The presentation explores the language of early European Law: The negotiators of the ECSC Treaty imagined inventing a new legal form of international cooperation. The word they came up with was ‘supranationality’. This neologism served as the starting signal for a fierce competition for semantics, and the semantic field connected…

Third IMAGINE Workshop, Freedom and power of European constitutional scholarship

Constitutional law scholarship has always been close to public power. Constitutional lawyers have contributed to the legitimacy of the State, supported its transformations and influenced or served those in power through their arguments and positions about constitutional law. EU constitutional scholarship is not an exception. The Third IMAGINE workshop analysed…

Marina Bán and Michał Krajewski discussed the book Constitutionalism under Stress: Essays in Honour of Wojciech Sadurski

Marina Bán and Michał Krajewski discussed the book Constitutionalism under Stress: Essays in Honour of Wojciech Sadurski.

Centre of Excellence in Law, Identity and the European Narratives

We met colleagues from EuroStorie: the Centre of Excellence in Law, Identity and the European Narratives, based at the University of Helsinki (funded by the Academy of Finland) and led by Kaius Tuori, the author of a fascinating new book, Empire of Law: Nazi Germany, Exile Scholars and…

Mitchell A. Orenstein and Bojan Bugaric on Work, family, Fatherland: the political economy of populism in central and Eastern Europe

Since 2008, Hungary and Poland have developed a distinctive populist economic program, which has begun to spread to other Central and East European Countries (CEECs). This article develops a theory of the political economy of populism in CEECs, arguing that these countries’ dependence on foreign capital constrained them to follow…

The Jean Monnet Chair in EU Law & Politics and IMAGINE Workshop on interdisciplinary legal studies

Juan A. Mayoral, holder of the EUPoLex Chair, provided participants with insight into the design and implementation of interviews. Here interviews are used to provide an empirically based understanding of the social fabric in which legal practices are embedded and of the very impact of the law in…

“Legal Epistemic Authority in Poland. Development and Dynamics 1982-2020”

Today we met Michał Paździora and Michał Stambulski, who are about to start a fascinating project on Legal Epistemic Authority in Poland. Development and Dynamics 1982-2020 funded by the Polish National Science Centre.

Michal Krajewski on The End of the Liberal Mind: Poland’s New Politics and Petr Agha on The Light that Failed A Reckoning

Michal Krajewski presented to us The End of the Liberal Mind: Poland’s New Politics and Petr Agha The Light that Failed A Reckoning. …

The Second IMAGINE Workshop – Constitutional Imaginaries of Europe in Comparative History

The Second IMAGINE Workshop: Constitutional Imaginaries of Europe in Comparative History, with our guests Natasha Wheatley, Balázs Trencsényi and Michal Kopeček. Programme available here (pdf).

Jenny Orlando Skaerbaek on Natasha Wheatley’s Law, Time, and Sovereignty in Central Europe: Imperial Constitutions, Historical Rights, and the Afterlives of Empire

Jenny Orlando Skaerbaek presented to us Natasha Wheatley’s Law, Time, and Sovereignty in Central Europe: Imperial Constitutions, Historical Rights, and the Afterlives of Empire. …

Marina Ban on ‘A History of Modern Political Thought in East Central Europe’

23 September 2020, online: IMAGINE reading group – Marina Ban presented to us A History of Modern Political Thought in East Central Europe (Oxford University Press 2016, 2018)…

‘What is Intellectual History?’ and ‘Europe since 1989: A History’

12 March 2020, iCourts/online: IMAGINE reading group – we discussed Peter Gordon’s essay ‘What is Intellectual History?’ and Philipp Ther’s book Europe since 1989: A History (Princeton University Press 2016).

Lecture Series – Rethinking Law, Democracy and Capitalism

… as related to inequality, the rise of populism and the wider skepticism of the liberal order that governed domestic and global politics of Europe. The lecture series was produced as a collaboration between iCourts – the Centre of Excellence for International Courts and CEMES – the Centre for Modern European Studies…

The First IMAGINE Workshop

In November 2018, the conference EU Constitutional Imagination: Between Ideology and Utopia unofficially opened works on the ERC-funded project which deals with European constitutional imaginaries. To this workshop, which is the first in a series to be organised in the context of IMAGINE, we have invited scholars who have…

International conference EU Constitutional Imagination: Between Ideology and Utopia

Our IMAGINE project (unofficially) started already in November 2018, at a conference kindly supported by iCourts and co-funded by the Carlsberg Foundation and the Dreyers Fund. Conference volume will be published by the Oxford University Press in 2021. Links to the videos from the conference (YouTube): I.      CONSTITUTIONAL…

The Transformation of Europe: Twenty-Five Years On – Book launch and critical assessment

At this seminar we have discussed the book The Transformation of Europe: Twenty-Five Years On edited by Miguel Poiares Maduro and Marlene Wind (Cambridge University Press 2017). Programme of the event. Related IMAGINE Working Paper No. 10: Why read The Transformation of Europe today? On the limits…