The legitimacy of European constitutional orders

Questioning the revolutionary, establishment and elite pathways
24 May 2021
25 May 2021
26 May 2021
27 May 2021
28 May 2021
24-28 May, 2021
Organization Secretariat

Faculty of Law
University of Trento
Giorgia Sartori
Ph. +39 0461 281844
Fax +39 0461 281874
Eventi.giurisprudenza [at]

Where: online, via Zoom


Monday, 24 May 2021


Keynote speech: The European Union’s legitimation crisis
Bruce Ackerman (Yale Law School)


Discussion with:
  • Alessandra Di Martino (University of Rome, La Sapienza)
  • Michaela Hailbronner (Justus-Liebig University of Giessen)
  • Martin Loughlin (London School of Economics and Political Science)
  • Roberto Toniatti (University of Trento)

Tuesday, 25 May 2021


Questioning the revolutionary pathway

Chairman: Agustin José Menéndez (Universidad Complutense Madrid) 

A Republic of parties: the bearers of Italian constitution-making
Marco Goldoni (University of Glasgow)
From military coup to popular revolution: the Portuguese long constituent process
Teresa Violante (Friedrich-Alexander University of Erlangen-Nürnberg and
Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law)
Massimo La Torre (University “Magna Graecia” of Catanzaro and University of Tallinn)

Wednesday, 26 May 2021


Questioning the establishment pathway
Chairman: Marco Goldoni (University of Glasgow)
The British constitution: revolutionary, establishment or elite?
Martin Loughlin (London School of Economics and Political Science)
Varieties of Constitutionalism in the EU: The Case of Evolutionary Constitutionalism
Signe Rehling Larsen (Magdalen College, Oxford)
Roberto Toniatti (University of Trento)

Thursday, 27 May 2021


Questioning the elite pathway
Chairman: Agustin José Menéndez (Universidad Complutense Madrid) 
The Elites, the People, and their Court
Justin Collings (Brigham Young University)
Righteous Victims: On the Architects of the Illiberal Constitutional Wave
Renáta Uitz (Central European University, Budapest)
The reform of the elites? The Spanish path to constitutional democracy in light of its history
Marian Ahumada (Universidad Autonoma Madrid)
Michaela Hailbronner (Justus-Liebig University of Giessen)

Friday, 28 May 2021


Diversity of legitimacy pathways and European integration
Chairman: Marco Goldoni (University of Glasgow)
From legitimacy to ideology: towards ideology critique of European constitutionalism
Jan Komárek (University of Copenhagen)
The European constitutional experience as the Adaptation, Displacement and Revival of New Deal
Marco Dani (University of Trento)
Agustin Menéndez (Universidad Complutense Madrid) 
Europe’s long interregnum: constitutional moments without a Constitutional Moment?
Michael Wilkinson (London School of Economics and Political Science)
Discussant: Joana Mendes (University of Luxembourg)


Concluding remarks:
Bruce Ackerman (Yale Law School)

Organizing Committee

  • Marco Dani, University of Trento
  • Marco Goldoni, University of Glasgow
  • Agustin José Menéndez, Universidad Complutense Madrid

Information and Registration

Webinars will take place from Monday 24 May until Friday 28 May everyday on Zoom platform. Participation is free but online registration is necessary. The registration deadline is Friday 21st May 2021 h.12.00 o'clock. We will email you the password to this event at the closing of the applications.

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