Constitutionalism and Time

My presentation aims to frame the inquiry of our panel. To do so, it first sketches how constitutionalism has so far addressed issues of temporality conceptually – and how it has operated historically. Against this background, it explores four dimensions, in which temporality has shaped recent debates in constitutional thinking: regarding the past (e.g. via memory laws), regarding the future (e.g. via concepts of intergenerational justice or long-termism), regarding sequence (i.e. the temporal emergence of modernity) and regarding pace of time (e.g. acceleration of legislative and executive action).
I will argue that temporality can be seen as an especially productive perspective to understand current debates in constitutional thinking across the globe.