CfP: Economics Constitutionalism @ University of Portsmouth [June 14-15]: Submit by February 28

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 14th and 15th June 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.

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Keynote Speaker:

Professor Neil Walker, Regius Professor of Public Law and the Law of Nature and Nations at the University of Edinburgh.

Conference Themes:

The conveners welcome papers that fit broadly within the theme of the conference, but in particular invite papers that relate to one or more of the following interrelated themes.

  1. European economic constitutionalism

Relevant considerations include:

  • Do economic constitutional principles in Europe provide legal safeguards or constraints in relation to the policies and legal measures that states can implement? How do these constitutional principles transform legal and political authority within states without necessarily reducing it into irrelevance?
  • In light of the current challenges that Europe faces, do states have the decisional autonomy to abandon European constitutional principles in order to provide solutions for their own respective populations? Does the EU have legal tools and political willingness to enforce joint European values in non-compliant member states? Can financial sanctions be used to enforce compliance?
  • Does the difficulty to identify an overarching vision and common solutions to these challenges threaten the foundations of integration? If not, how amenable is the economic constitution to conditions of uncertainty?
  1. The role of the judiciary in European and global governance

Relevant issues include:

  • To what extent is judicial networking and dialogue a contributing factor to promoting patterns of governance?
  • Can judicial organs take account of global values or goods while at the same time maintaining the integrity of the legal system they represent?
  • How should courts resolve conflicts between market freedoms of transnational business actors and human rights?
  1. Theoretical perspectives on economic constitutionalism
  • Who embodies the ‘economic’ pouvoir constituant and how is it expressed?
  • Which actors and processes confer legitimacy to the economic constitution? Is the former related to forms of democratic decision-making (involving elections or referenda)? Or is it achieved through the identification of public interests (including the limitation of economic failures and economic exclusion)?
  • Is economic constitutionalism in the European and global spheres compatible with varieties of capitalism?


Interested participants should submit an abstract of no more than 500 words to

The deadline for submission of abstracts is 28 February 2018. All abstracts will be reviewed by the convenors and selections announced by 31 March 2018.

Full papers of no more than 10000 words (including footnotes) should be submitted by 31 May 2018. A selection of papers will be considered for publication in an edited volume on ‘Economic Constitutionalism in European and Global Governance’ after the conference.


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For queries please contact Agnieszka Monika Lempart (EUI – Department of Law) –

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