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30.06./1.07.2017 Workshop "Constitutional Identity in the Age of Global Immigration – Theoretical and Comparative Perspectives"



Friday and Saturday, June 30–July 01, 2017

WZB Berlin Social Science Center

Organizers: Jürgen Bast (Justus-Liebig-Universität Gießen), Mattias Kumm (WZB Berlin & NYU Law School), and Liav Orgad (WZB Berlin & EUI Florence & IDC Herzliya)


The workshop seeks to explore how migration affects constitutional identity and whether is it justified to impose immigration restrictions in order to protect constitutional essentials. It discusses national, regional, and global challenges presented by international migration, as well as legal and ethical dilemmas that have arisen as a result of massive population movements. Specifically, the workshop will focus on:

1) Theories of Constitutional Identity: examining the concept of constitutional identity—its normative sources, methods of identification, and mechanisms of legal implementation—and how political communities (national or supranational) define collective identity in their constitution;

2) Immigration Policy and Constitutional Design: exploring policies whose purpose is to protect collective identities when faced with the realities of migration, and discuss on which ground is may be justified to impose restrictions on immigration and access to citizenship for preserving different notions of constitutional identity;

3) Immigration and Europeanness: analyzing the interrelations between EU powers and the autonomy of the Member States to define their basic constitutional structures. How should the EU govern the refugee and other migratory movement, bearing in mind both the EU’s commitment to fundamental values and the duty to respect the constitutional identities of Member States?


Program June 30, 2017
9:30 Arrival at WZB Berlin Social Science Center
10:00 – 10:30 Opening and Welcoming Remarks
10:30 – 12:00

Paper 1: Monika Polzin (Universität Augsburg)

Constitutional Identity and its Theoretical and Normative Foundations



Ruud Koopmans (WZB)

Menaka Guruswamy (WIKO)

12:00 – 13:30 Lunch
13:30 – 15:00

Paper 2: Pietro Faraguna (LUISS Guido Carli University)

Constitutional Identity – a Shield or a Sword?

The Dilemma of Constitutional Identities in the EU



Jelena von Achenbach (Universität Gießen)

Liav Orgad (WZB/EUI/IDC)

15:00 – 15:15 Coffee Break
15:15 – 16:45

Paper 3: Kriszta Kovács (ELTE Budapest)

Beyond Global/National Dichotomy: Rival Judicial Interpretations of Identity



Gábor Halmai (EUI)

Mattias Kumm (WZB/NYU)

16:45 – 17:00 Coffee Break
17:00 – 18:30

Paper 4: Francesca Strumia & Asha Kaushal (University of Sheffield & University of British Columbia)

Between Sovereign Resilience and Global Emulation:

Immigration and Constitutional Identity in Canada and Italy



Jürgen Bast (Universität Gießen)

Sujit Choudhry (University of California, Berkeley)

19:30 Dinner


Program July 01, 2017
9:00 Arrival at WZB Berlin Social Science Center
9:30 – 11:00

Paper 5: Dimosthenis Lentzis & Dimitra Gamba (University of Thessaloniki)

Crafting Constitutional Identity in the Era of Migration and Economic Crisis: the Greek Case



Jürgen Bast (Universität Gießen)

Nora Markard (Universität Hamburg)

11:00 – 11:15 Coffee Break
11:15 – 12:45

Paper 6: Zsolt Körtvélyesi & Balázs Majtényi (Hungarian Academy of Sciences & ELTE Budapest)

The Migration of Illiberal Constitutional Identities in Europe



Gábor Halmai (EUI)

Mattias Kumm (WZB/NYU)

12:45 – 14:00 Lunch
14:00 – 15:00 Closing Remarks and Discussion


The Conference is funded by the Fritz Thyssen Stiftung and the European Research Council (Grant Agreement # 716350)