On March 7-8, network members Kalypso Nicolaïdis and Joseph Weiler, together with the Straus Institute for the Advanced Study of Law & Justice and the Jean Monnet Center for International and Regional Economic Law & Justice at NYU School of Law, are organizing a conference entitled 'Understanding the EU and its Crisis through the Lens of Demoicracy: A Conversation.' The abstract and possible themes are reproduced below and more details can be found here. If you will be in New York on those days and are interested in participating, please contact Straus@nyu.edu.
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Discussion Abstract: Conversation will be based around the two pieces on demoicracy to be published in the March 2013 issue of JCMS by Cheneval/Schimmelfennig and Nicolaidis. Initial commentaries will be offered, inter alia, by Joseph Weiler on messianism and the fate of demoicracy; Bellamy and Dario Castiglione on issues of representation and citizenship; and Christian Joerges on issues of law and politics through a demoicratic lens.
Possible Themes: What does “demoicracy” mean; How does the concept relate to the debate on European constitutionalism and international law; What are the institutional implications of a demoicratic understanding and how should we combine vertical and horizontal dimensions; What kinds of democratic expression best fit a demoicratic polity; Is European demoicracy stable and to what extent is it threatened by the current crisis; What determines whether a demoicracy is no longer a demoicracy – e.g. is “not a state” a useful criterion; How does a demoicracy bypass stalemates and veto players; How can we best combine normative and deductive methods in elaborating a demoicratic approach?