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.”