Project Conferences

Budapest Conference “Constitutional Law in Context”  (2016)

academy-of-science-150x150The Budapest Conference on “Constitutional Law in Context” was organised by Durham Law School, ERC Starting Grant Project: “Neo‐Federalism” and the Institute for Legal Studies, Center for Social Sciences at the Hungarian Academy of Sciences.

The conference took place in Budapest on 22 September 2016.
Conference Programme



Rome Conference “Democracy Beyond Political Borders” (2015)



The workshop brought together a small number of outstanding scholars from law, political science, philosophy, and sociology to discuss and assess the ideal and real scenarios in which democracy beyond the nation states should and does take place. Of course, the debate about democracy beyond borders is not new; there have been extensive philosophical and political reflections stretching back through the ages. The purpose of the conference was to reconsider these debates and the attempts at supranational institution building that have been made, especially in the 20th century. This reconsideration is prompted by the paradox created by the ever-greater demand for global cooperation and the declining belief in the legitimacy and efficacy of international institutions. The central questions for us are: Is the democratisation of relations between political communities still defensible and feasible?  How can the relations between political communities be democratised within regions and beyond? What are the realities and possibilities of global democracy and global citizenship? To what extend do “compound” democracies, like the European Union, offer a federal solution to the democracy beyond political border? The workshop approached these questions in two panels. The first re-examined the philosophical arguments; and the second looked at realities.

The conference took place in Rome on 13-14 July 2015.

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Cambridge Conference “Governance and Globalization: International and European Answers” (2014)

Following its successful inaugural session in 2013, Cambridge and Durham Universities have decided to join forces again to organise a two day conference on “Governance and Globalisation: International and European Answers”, held at the Lauterpacht Centre for International Law, University of Cambridge. The conference was kindly supported by the European Research Council, and the Durham Global Policy Institute (GPI). It brought together academics from international and European law, as well as international relations, to exchange their views on the normative foundations, problems, and solutions, to governance issues beyond the State. What is, or should be, the role of the United Nations, the World Trade Organisation, or the States generally in the solution of collective social problems affecting the entire globe; and what is the role of regional supranational organisations, such as the European Union? Can the European Union provide generalisable answers to international problems?

The conference took place in Cambridge on 4th – 5th July 2014.

Programme – ERC Governance and GlobalisationI