Central and Eastern Europe experienced a rather swift constitutional transformation thirty years ago. This transformation was characteristically a top to bottom exercise, with constitutional courts playing a decisive role. As political and constitutional systems failed to deliver the results the constituents had hoped for, important parts of the acquis of constitutional transformation were challenged. In the context of the European Union, the appropriate mechanisms of multilevel constitutionalism were sought to remedy the situation. This, however, further exposes the quest for the maintenance of constitutional values to accusations about its elitist nature. I shall argue that multilevel constitutionalism cannot and shall not compensate fully for the backsliding of constitutionalism. Instead, it shall focus on maintaining a functioning democracy in order to enable domestic self-healing processes.
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