Authoritarian Constitutionalism - Profiles in Distrust
Séminaire de l'École de droit
Seniorprofessur für Öffentliches Recht
Rechtsphilosophie u. Rechtsvergleichung
will speak on the theme "Authoritarian Constitutionalism - Profiles in Distrust"
Discussant : Roman Zinigrad
Authoritarian regimes come in different guises and almost invariably with a constitution. A rather frequent response : these constitutions are a sham, merely a façade, they are not „constitutions in the proper sense“. In contrast, authoritarian constitutions are treated here as „phenomena in their own right“ and documents, with a purpose“ to answer questions like: Why did Hitler bother having the Enabling Act extended ? Why did Syria’s despot al-Assad stage a constitutional referendum in the middle of the war ? What could possibly be the meaning of the current revision of the Chinese 1982 Constitution ?