Populism is mainly studied as the driver of an alternative constitutionalism or even as the nemesis thereof. Yet, the succession of crises prompts to ask whether such concept finds its roots in a narrative denying political conflicts to back a certain worldview. This applies to the European Union, as many legal tools point to the rise of a law eventually silencing rights and interests of a sensitive nature. Four points are raised to support this claim. First, the post-World War II creation of an International Law of Courts via special ‘original intent arguments’ forging fictitious ties with the will of the peoples concerned. Secondly, the juris-generative narrative of common values. Third, the decoupling of capital-labour regulation, the former shielded from parliaments' control; finally, the de-politicization of conflictive fields by technical lawmakers. The combination of the four outlines a Euro-Atlantic 'public & collective morality' backing an (expansionist?) EU/Western law.
We look forward to welcoming you on July 3-5, 2023 for our Annual Conference entitled "Islands and Ocean: Public Law in a Plural World." The conference will take place at the Victoria University of Wellington, in New Zealand. We will be announcing more details about the conference soon, including financial support to early career and global south scholars!