The concept of constitutional identity: still useful or too prone to abuse?

The presentation deals with the important question whether constitutional identity is a useful constitutional doctrine or whether the concept is too prone to abuse.
In order to answer this question, the first part focuses on the reasons why the idea of constitutional identity is currently so vulnerable for misuse. Secondly, it demonstrates that constitutional identity in its different understandings and applications can indeed serve valuable purposes and should therefore not be condemned as such. The last and third part is dedicated to the argument that it is important to define resp. redefine constitutional identity based on rule of law ideas.