29-30.9.2006 Conference: Europe as Polity – Chasing Constitutionalism

The Conference Europe as a Polity: Chasing Constitutionalism was held from Friday the 29th to Saturday the 30th of September 2006 at the Auditorium of the Arppeanum building (University museum), Snellmaninkatu 3. The Conference was jointly organised by the Institute of International Economic Law, the Ius Gentium Association, the Erik Castrén Institute of International Law and Human Rights, the Centre of Excellence in Global Governance Research, and the Europe as a Polity Research Project.


Interdisciplinary approaches to constitutionalism: perspectives of European law, International law and Legal theory. Constitutionalism – a trendy debate? What does it really mean in these different contexts and what do we expect from it? Looking for different approaches and solutions to the dilemma of constitutionalism.


Friday, 29 September, 10:00–17:30

Peter Pan Europe, European Constitutionalism at a Crossroads
Joxerramon Bengoetxea, Professor (Oñati, Spain)

Europe as a Demoi-cratic Polity
Samantha Besson, Professor (Fribourg, Switzerland)

The Idea of Constitutionalism in International Law and its Critics
Bardo Fassbender, Associate Professor (Berlin, Germany)

Passion and Reason in European Integration
Miguel Maduro, Advocate General (ECJ), Professor (Lisbon, Portugal)

Constitutionalism on the National and Trans-national Level
Kaarlo Tuori, Professor (Helsinki, Finland)

Saturday, 30 September, 10:00–12:00:

Panel Discussion: What do We Expect from Constitutionalism?

The organisers thank the Academy of Finland, the European Commission, and Suomen oikeusfilosofinen yhdistys SOFY ry for additional funding.