The Portsmouth Law School at the University of Portsmouth and the European University Institute (EUI) are organising a 2-day international conference on "Economic Constitutionalism: Mapping its Contours in European and Global Governance". The conference will be hosted by the EUI in Florence on June 14-15, 2018.


The purpose of the conference is to explore the place of the concept of economic constitutionalism within broader constitutional processes in the European and global legal orders, to investigate its function and to evaluate its dynamic and evolutionary nature. The direct focus of the conference, therefore, is on two fundamental questions. The first concerns the  terms under which economic constitutionalism is still relevant beyond a state centred  constitutional  concept  and is viable  in  the context of European and  global  governance under   the current circumstances of a presumed globalisation  setback. It is possible, for example, to view the economic constitution as a structural coupling between the specialised and relatively autonomous functional setting of the economy and law in order to create as well as limit economic activities. Then the second relates to whether and how the economic constitution responds to the double pressures of economic crisis and populist democracy in order to address governance failures and preserve the ‘health’ of the economic system. The themes of the conference are: 1. European economic constitutionalism, 2. The role of the judiciary in European and Global governance, 3. Theoretical perspectives on economic constitutionalism.


Please send an abstract of no more than 500 words to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by February 28, 2018.

For more information see the official call for papers in detail.

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