A Liberal Response to Populist Constitutionalism

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PROJECT DESCRIPTION

The post-2010 rise of populist constitutionalism poses the gravest threat to liberal constitutionalism in decades. From Poland to Turkey, and Hungary to Venezuela, populist political parties have succeeded in typifying liberal constitutionalism as an elitist political ideology rather than the universally applicable approach to good governance it claims to be. This project will use interdisciplinary law/social science methods to understand how liberal constitutionalists ought to respond to this challenge through self-reflection, improved constitutional design, contextually aware judicial decision-making and social movement activism. Findings will contribute to a burgeoning comparative literature on these issues.


IDEAL CANDIDATE

The ideal candidate will have both a law background and at least some social science methods training, either as part of their law degree or as a separate degree. Publications in the field of comparative constitutional law, or a demonstrated interest in the field, are desirable but not essential. Strong analytic and writing skills and a demonstrated ability to bring a long-term project to fruition are recommended. The candidate should be able to receive guidance from supervisors while robustly defending their own views of how the project should proceed.
Supervisory team
Theunis
Roux

Law
Law
Rosalind
Dixon

Law
Law
Melissa
Crouch

Law
Law
t.roux@unsw.edu.au