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Law On Trial - Fragile Constitutions And The Rise Of Authoritarianism

Venue: Online

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The petulant storming of the Capitol is symbol and totem of a global problem: the collapse of constitutionalism, and the rise of popular, nationalist market liberalism. Reviewing the political situation locally, regionally and internationally, this panel begs the broader and troubling question of legal legitimacy and the need to reconstruct democratic and legal norms in ways that are responsive to the general crisis in neo-liberalism.

Law On Trial - Law, Pandemic And Crisis

Law On Trial is the School of Law’s annual week of free, public events around a particular theme.

This year we explore law’s response to the ongoing COVID-19 crisis, and how the pandemic has left a lasting effect on various aspects of our society including the Black Lives Matter movement, global concerns with racist policing, climate protests and insurrection in Colombia. Find out more and book your place at the week's events.

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  • Dr Despina Sinou -

    Dr Despina Sinou, Senior Lecturer in Public Law, Université Sorbonne Paris Nord, will discuss social rights at international level.

  • Dr Maria Tzanakopoulou -

    Dr Maria Tzanakopoulou is a Lecturer in Law in the Department of Law at Birkbeck. They will be the Chair of this event.

  • Lucas Moreschi Paulo -

    Lucas Moreschi Paulo, Lawyer, Porto Alegre, will be addressing challenges to democracy with a focus on the effects of the pandemic on Brazilian courts.

  • Professor Betania De Moraes Alfonsin -

    Professor De Moraes Alfonsin, Professor of Urban and Administrative Law, Fundação Escola Superior do Ministério Público, will be speaking about de-democratization and regression in Brazil, with a special focus on urban policy.

  • Professor Michael Wilkinson -

    Professor Michael Wilkinson, Associate Professor of Law, London School of Economics, will be addressing the issue of authoritarian liberalism and the transformation of Europe.