Guest Lecture "Constitutional democracy and democratic constitutionalism" by Prof. Sacha Garben on 18 November 2021

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On Thursday, 18 November 2021, the LLM-Programmes are pleased to invite the LLM students to the second guest lecture of the current academic year.
Title of the lecture: "Constitutional democracy and democratic constitutionalism: the role of law in democracy and the role of democracy in the law"

Around the world, societies are grappling with the question of how to organize democratic decision-making in a way that on the one hand ensures that the people affected by decisions take part in making them (and feel included in that process), while on the other hand guarding against the risk of a ‘tyranny of the majority'. The role of constitutional law and institutions, notably judicial review by courts, is central in this respect. This lecture will explore the role of constitutional law in ensuring a robust, well-functioning long-term (national/transnational) democracy. It will argue that an important, but sometimes overlooked aspect of Constitutional Democracy is the idea of ‘democratic constitutionalism’, where judicial review is oriented towards upholding the principle of democracy and a democratic interpretation of fundamental rights. 

Sacha Garben (Professor of EU Law  (College of Europe), and an official at the European Commission)

Thursday 18 November 2021
Auditorium G

17:30 - 19:00 - Introduction / Lecture / Q&A 

Participation is for free; please register by sending an e-mail to