Nowadays, the dominating function of constitutional courts refers to the interpretation of rights. Constitutional courts consider – in order to guarantee rights – political and cultural developments of societies while interpreting rights. During times of populism, dynamic rights-based constitutional interpretation comes under great pressure domestically as well as transnationally. While courts might attempt to change their interpretation in a more self-restraint way towards formalist interpretations, populist approaches to undermine constitutional courts will not be stopped by that. The rights-protective function of constitutional courts is even more crucial when fundamental values of constitutionalism are at stake. Even if public distrust is rising in constitutional courts in a populistic atmosphere, it is the task of the constitutional courts to uphold the protection of the rights of minorities.
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