Scholars, as well as judges, will explore the emergence and changing landscape of transnational and international courts, and the legitimacy and effectiveness of this power.
On Thursday and Friday, December 3 and 4, Deutsches Haus at NYU and the NYU Center for European and Mediterranean Studies will present the Max Weber Conference 2015 "The Power of Constitutional Courts in a Globalizing World" (Part II).
Since the second half of the 20th century national Constitutional Courts and transnational courts have spread worldwide. Yet, there is little knowledge on the relationship between national and international courts and the transformation of judicial power in a globalizing world. The idea of the conference is to bring together scholars, as well as judges, in order to explore the changing landscape of judicial power and to discuss the legitimacy and effectiveness of this power. We will focus on the decision-making processes of these courts, the judicial dialogues and interactions, and the ways in which judges of transnational courts identify a European “consensus” or even the existence of an international trend in the interpretation of human rights.
The conference opens on Thursday, December 3, at 6 p.m., with a keynote speech on "The Emergence of Global Law Systems" by Saskia Sassen (Columbia University) followed by a reception. The conference resumes Friday, December 4, with a series of discussions, the first of which is at 9 a.m. (see schedule below).
Panel Discussion Schedule for Friday, December 4:
9:00 a.m.–10:30 a.m.
SESSION I: LAW AND POLITICS IN PROCESSES OF TRANSFORMATION—THEORETICAL CONCEPTS
Gráinne de Búrca, Jean Monnet Center at NYU
Mark Tushnet, Harvard Law School
Ulrich K.Preuß, Hertie School of Governance Berlin
11:00 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
Session II: THE ROLE OF CONSTITUTIONAL COURTS IN NEW DEMOCRACIES - CASE STUDIES
Luís Roberto Barroso, Justice of the Supreme Federal Court of Brazil
Lech Garlicki, Warsaw University; former Justice of the Polish Constitutional Court; former
Justice of the European Court of Human Rights
Alexandra Huneeus, University of Wisconsin School of Law
2:00 p.m.–3:30 p.m.
SESSION III: TRANSNATIONAL JUDICIAL INTERACTIONS AND METHODS OF DECISION-MAKING
Mattias Kumm, Social Science Research Center at Berlin and NYU Law
Judith Resnik, Yale Law School
Kim Lane Scheppele, Princeton University
4:00 p.m.–5:30 p.m.
ROUNDTABLE: LAW AND POLITICS IN PROCESSES OF TRANSFORMATION—THE POTENTIAL OF DIFFERENCE
Andrew Arato, The New School for Social Research
Dieter Grimm, Humboldt University in Berlin and former Justice of the Constitutional Court of Germany
Mary Volcansek, University of Texas
Jeremy Waldron, NYU Law
Events at Deutsches Haus (42 Washington Mews, off University Place, New York, N.Y.) are free of charge. Please indicate which event you would like to attend by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Space at Deutsches Haus is limited, so kindly arrive ten minutes prior to the event. For information, call 212.998.8660.
"The Power of Constitutional Courts in a Globalizing World" (Part II) is a DAAD-sponsored event.