Party dissolution procedures are considered as one means to protect the identity of a constitution. In this regard Article 21(2) of the German constitution stipulates that parties shall be unconstitutional, if they by reason of their aims or the behavior of their adherents seek to undermine or abolish the free democratic basic order or to endanger the existence of the Federal Republic of Germany. Article 8(4) of the Korean constitution prescribes the dissolution of a political party if the purposes or activities of a political party are contrary to the democratic basic order. To understand how these procedures can protect constitutional identity, the main emphasis has to be put on the object of protection. Our study therefore investigates in detail what is meant by the (free) democratic basic order in Germany and in Korea. To this end, we analyze the recent judgment of the German Federal Constitutional Court (2017, NPD) and the decision of the Korean Constitutional Court (2014, UPP).
Our 2020 Annual Conference was scheduled to be held at the University of Wrocław in Poland on July 9-11, 2020.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the ICON·S Executive Committee has decided to postpone our 2020 Conference to 2021. Our next Annual Conference will take place from July 8-10, 2021, in Wrocław, Poland.
Procedural details regarding the organization of the 2021 Conference will follow in the months ahead.Join ICON•S