The emerging constitutional space in Europe lacks a common public sphere – we want to change that by creating a European network of blogs on constitutional law and politics.
The EU's constitutional set-up has a lot of obvious flaws. And yet hopes for a change are at an unprecedented low. There won't be any fundamental treaty reform, let alone a federal European constitution, anytime soon. We will have to work with what we have – a complicated space of different national and supranational constitutional orders, overlapping, at times conflicting, and always difficult to make sense of. A „Network of European Constitutional Law Blogs“ is necessary to get the public in touch with the legal expertise and diversity of opinion required to take an informed position on many of the most urgent issues we are facing right now in Europe – whether it is the Euro crisis, the war in Ukraine or the plight of fugitives in the Mediterranean Sea.
Within one year the network will
a) include members from France, UK, Italy, Spain, Poland and at least five further EU member states,
b) produce a minimum of three articles per month, shared by at least three member blogs,
c) launch at least one joint online symposium (i.e. organized controversial debate between invited authors taking different positions on topical events) every two months with a minimum of three member blogs participating.
1. Identify partners: existing constitutional and EU law blogs, young scholars who wish to start a new blog.
2. Found network: convene partners to a workshop in Berlin to found a non-profit organization, develop a mission statement, discuss the organizational framework.
3. Exchange reports and opinions: engage partners to write articles about their countries’ constitutional issues and point of views, to be published by other network members.
4. Launch joint debates: organize controversial discussions on topical constitutional questions (e.g. sovereign debt crisis, regional separatism, internet surveillance) to be published jointly on some or all member blogs.
5. Secure funding for operating costs (translation, administration, author fees).
Funding requested from Advocate Europe