The Populist Challenge to Constitutional Citizenship

26th February 2020 @ 11:30 am – 12:30 pm
WZB, Room B002
Reichpietschufer 50
10785 Berlin
Elisabeth von Bressensdorf

Presentation by Jo Shaw, Professor at Edinburgh Law School, University of Edinburgh, and holder of the Salvesen Chair of European Institutions

This lecture addresses the relationship between constitutional citizenship and the rise of populism. Is populism leading to the erosion of modern citizenship as an ideal of equality? The claim is that many populist politicians make extensive use of constitutional amendment processes to reinforce their sense of identity with the people.

The lecture is part of a forthcoming book, ‘The people’ in question: exploring the tensions between citizenship and constitutions (forthcoming, May 2020). Please join us to discuss one of the greatest legal challenges of our time.

Chair: Ashley Mantha-Hollands


Jo Shaw at the WZB talk

Jo Shaw’s new book