ARENA Tuesday Seminar: Paul Blokker

At the ARENA Tuesday Seminar on 12 June 2018, Paul Blokker will discuss his paper 'Transnational European movements and constitutional claims'.


In the debate on the constitutionalization of European and transnational law, there is little attention for the role of civil society and social movements. While civil society involvement in private litigation increasingly receives attention, transnational movements’ democratic claims-making and public demands, and the normative dimensions as well as constitutional implications of such engagement, are hardly explored. The paper first discusses some of the theoretical and analytical dimensions of legal and constitutional mobilization, and explores different forms of civil society action. Subsequently, it will discuss a plurality of legal rationalities as articulated in public claims, as well as the issue of counter-hegemonic struggle. Then, it sets out to develop a political-sociological approach, which, in the final part, is used in a case-study of the constitutional claims of Transnational European Movements, such as DiEM-25 and European Alternatives.

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Published Jan. 26, 2018 11:16 AM - Last modified June 5, 2018 9:08 AM