S06E08: Mar­tin Kry­gi­er on Anti-Con­sti­tu­tion­al Populism

This episode explores how pop­ulists effec­tive­ly use con­sti­tu­tions to under­mine and abol­ish con­sti­tu­tion­al­ism. What legal­is­tic tac­tics are often hid­ing behind cul­tur­al­ist argu­ments to sub­vert the rule of law? And how can law be bet­ter used in the ser­vice of lib­er­al democracy?

Guests fea­tured in this episode: 

Mar­tin Kry­gi­er is a pro­fes­sor of law and social the­o­ry at the Uni­ver­si­ty of New South Wales in Syd­ney, Aus­tralia. Since 2011, he has been the co-direc­tor of the law fac­ul­ty’s Net­work for Inter­dis­ci­pli­nary Stud­ies of Law and also served as co-direc­tor of its Euro­pean Law Cen­ter and the Aus­tralia Myan­mar Con­sti­tu­tion­al Democ­ra­cy Project. A Fel­low of the Acad­e­my of Social Sci­ences in Aus­tralia, Mar­tin has been award­ed the Cav­a­lier’s Cross, Order of Mer­it of the Repub­lic of Poland. He’s had a long asso­ci­a­tion with CEU where he’s also Senior Research Fel­low at the Democ­ra­cy Insti­tute in Budapest.

Kry­gi­er works at the inter­sec­tion of legal the­o­ry, phi­los­o­phy, soci­ol­o­gy and pol­i­tics, exam­in­ing ques­tions of the rule of law and democ­ra­cy. His books include “Philip Selznick: Ideals in the World,” “Civ­il Pas­sions,” and “Between Fear and Hope, Hybrid Thoughts on Pub­lic Val­ues,” as well as co-edit­ed vol­umes, “Rethink­ing the Rule of Law After Com­mu­nism,” and most recent­ly “Anti-Con­sti­tu­tion­al Populism.”


Shalini Randeria

Shalini Randeria is Rector and President of the Central European University (Vienna/Budapest). Before, she was Professor of Social Anthropology and Sociology at the Graduate Institute Geneva, and Rector of the Institute of Human Sciences (IWM) in Vienna from 2014 to 2021. She has published widely on the anthropology of globalisation, law, the state and social movements. Her empirical research on India also addresses issues of post-coloniality and multiple modernities.