Democracy, Populism, and Judicial Power:  Where to from Here?

Conference co-organized by IPSA RC09 Comparative Judicial Studies


the Edward A. Clark Center for Australian & New Zealand Studies at The University of Texas at Austin

Hosted by

Monash University Prato Centre

Prato, Italy, 24-26 July 2019

The 2019 Interim Meeting of IPSA Research Committee 9 (Comparative Judicial Studies) will be hosted by the Monash University Prato Centre and co-organized with the Edward A. Clark Center for Australian & New Zealand Studies at the University of Texas at Austin.

Paper and panel proposals for the 2019 Interim Meeting at the Monash University Prato Centre are now being accepted.  The meeting is open to all scholars interested in the study of law and courts from a comparative and national perspective, as well as those employing a case study methodology. Papers and panels devoted to the following topics (though not limited to) would be especially welcome: 

  • Courts and the Politics of Immigration
  • The European Legal Order and Brexit
  • The Judicialization of Contentious Social and Moral Issues
  • Mobilizing for Justice and Injustice
  • Courts, Civil Liberties, and National Security before and after the War on Terror
  • Assessing the Role of Courts in and after the Great Financial Crisis
  • Reconciling the Tension between Judicial Independence and Political Accountability
  • Indigenous Peoples and the Courts
  • New Approaches to the study of Courts and Politics
  • Understanding and Re-discovering the Importance of Subnational Courts
  • Legal Reasoning and the Rule of Law
  • Transnational and International Legal Institutions and Processes.
  • Courts and Human Rights in Multinational, Federal, Devolved and Supra-national States
  • The Courts and Democracy: Appropriate Roles and Boundaries in the 21st Century
  • Judicial Appointment and Security of Tenure
  • Judicial Review in Authoritative Regimes, New Democracies, and Emerging Democracies

Proposals for papers should include contract details of the author(s), title, and a 250 word abstract.

Panel proposals must include:

  • A minimum of three papers and a maximum of four
  • Panel title and short description (250 words maximum)
  • Individual paper titles
  • Contact details for all paper-givers

The final deadline for the electronic submission of paper and panel proposals is 19 November  2018. Proposals should be submitted online at:

Notifications of acceptance will be emailed and a draft conference program will be posted on RC09’s website by 17 December 2018.


Organizing Committee:  James Kelly (Concordia University) and Rhonda Evans (The University of Texas at Austin)