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UCL CLP: The Rule of - and not by any - Law. On the Need to Explain and Def...

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UCL Gideon Schreier LT

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Current Legal Problems Lecture Series 2017-18

Speaker:
Justice. Prof. Dr. Susanne Baer (Justice of the German Federal Constitutional Court, Professor of Public Law and Gender Studies at Humboldt-University of Berlin, William Cook Global Law Professor, Michigan Law School)

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Baroness Kennedy of The Shaws, QC, FRSA, HonFRSE (House of Lords)

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To some, the rule of law has been an abstract promise, to others, it is a rather conservative stumbling block, and often, it is a taken for granted ingredient of modern societies, not much cared for neither looked after. Yet today, “law” is grabbed by people who plan to abuse it, in utter disregard of the social justice demands that inform the very idea. Notably, right wing politics in Germany present themselves as the “true” defenders of the “Rechtsstaat”, yet use it to frame more or less evidently racist attacks on refugees and others sufficiently “othered”. Also, neo-fascist spokespeople on U.S. and UK campuses and beyond present themselves as committed to free speech and academic freedom, yet abuse both in attacks on the very foundations of democratic debate as well as education that deserves its name. In light of this, there is a need to explain and defend constitutionalism today, as the foundation of democratic societies that deserve the name.

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