Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin, Forschungsverbund Recht im Kontext, in cooperation with Verfassungsblog
Nationalism is on the rise in Europe. National leaders claim the right to "sovereign" decisions, on the basis of national constitutions. Within the common European constitutional space, democracy, rule of law and fundamental rights can no longer be treated as purely national affairs, though. We want to help building a vibrant European public sphere that reflects the interdependence of constitutional affairs in Europe.
Poland disembowels its Constitutional Court. Austria unilaterally shuts its borders to refugees. UK holds a Brexit referendum, Greece one about austerity in the Euro zone. These are all seemingly national constitutional decisions with deep European repercussions. The public debates about them are almost exclusively national, though, with very little respect for the impact these decisions have on Europe as a whole.
Within 12 months, we want to establish a tightly-knit network of constitutional law blogs from all over Europe, sharing expert information and opinion about all matters of constitutional importance on a European scale and making constitutional expertise accessible to a broad public of European citizens and thus creating a vibrant European constitutional public sphere.
1. Establish Network: enlist constitutional, EU and human rights law blogs, encourage young scholars to launch new blogs, create organisational framework.
2. Exchange reports and opinions: engage partners to write articles about their countries’ constitutional issues and perspectives, to be published by other network members.
3. EuConLaw Newsletter: produce a weekly e-mail newsletter giving a broad overview of current constitutional events, developments and debates, drawing from member blogs and other sources.
4. Launch joint debates: organize controversial discussions on topical constitutional questions to be published jointly on some or all member blogs.
Blogs are an excellent instrument to make expert knowledge accessible to a broader public. The target group of the EuConLaw project is primarily the European citizenship that profits from this access, and, secondarily, the European constitutional experts and activists actively contributing to the network.
The project aims to achieve a tremendous effect with a fairly limited effort. The expertise and information are all out there. Legal and political expert blogs abound in Europe, but most of them reach but a limited readership due to language, academic specialization and other access barriers. Integrating them into a joint network will create a space of information and deliberation that will be immensely more powerful than the sum of its parts.
Funding requested from Advocate Europe
EuConLaw Weekly Newsletter: 17.160 EUR, Translation costs: 9.600 EUR, Personnel costs: 6.750 EUR, Design/Programming: 4.270 EUR