Populism and Contemporary Democracy in Europe

Two-day event is co-organised by Venice Commission

   February 25, 2021 1:45 PM - February 26, 2021 1:30 PM

DEMOS will hold an online conference to present its scientific results between February 25 and 26. "Populism and Contemporary Democracy in Europe — Between old problems and new challenges", a milestone project event, will focus on how populism has affected institutions of European democracies and the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on constitutional democracy.

Over 25 DEMOS experts, scholars, and invited speakers across Europe will also reflect on solutions to address these challenges. Young scholars were invited, in December, to take part in the discussion by submitting their papers. More information about the programme is available below.

The two-day DEMOS conference is co-organised by GEDECO (Grupo de studios sobre Democracia y Constitucionalismo) of the University of Barcelona and the Venice Commission for Democracy through Law—the advisory body of the Council of Europe in constitutional matters.

The participation of the Venice Commission’s experts provides insights into the ways populism has affected constitutional law making and how European standards adapted to that impact.

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The online conference

“Populism and Contemporary Democracy in Europe — Between old problems and new challenges”

Date: 25-26 February 2021

February 25 (in English): starts at 1:45 PM (CET).
February 26 (in Spanish): starts at 9 AM (CET).
Programme: available here.

The event will be streamed live on Zoom application:
Link: here.
Meeting ID: 868 5165 7754
Passcode: 539669

YouTube: Day 2 - Spanish (Live):

Contact Information

  • Dr. Marco Antonio Simonelli (University of Barcelona): m.a.simonelli(at)

Keynote speakers

  • Nikos Alivizatos, University of Athens - Venice Commission Member
  • Paloma Biglino Campos, University of Valladolid - Venice Commission Member
  • Josep Maria Castellà, University of Barcelona - Venice Commission Member
  • Fruzsina Gardos Orosz, Institute of Legal Studies, Budapest
  • Miroslaw Granat, University of Warsaw - Former Judge at the Polish Constitutional Court
  • Simona Granata Menghini, Acting Director, Secretary of the Venice Commission (a.i)
  • Tania Groppi, University of Siena
  • António Henriques Gaspar, Venice Commission Member -Former President of the Portuguese Supreme Court
  • Helle Krunke, University of Copenhagen - IACL representative in the Venice Commission
  • Kim Lane Scheppele, Princeton University
  • Cesare Pinelli, University of Rome La Sapienza - Venice Commission Member
  • Rafael Rubio Núñez, Complutense University - Venice Commission Member
  • José Tudela Aranda, Secretario General de la Fundación M. Giménez Abad, Zaragoza
  • Teresa Violante, MPI for Comparative Public Law and International Law, Heidelberg
  • Zoltán Zsente, Research Chair of the Institute of Legal Studies, Budapest

Scientific Committee

  • Prof. Josep Maria Castellà Andreu, Full Professor of Constitutional Law, University of Barcelona
  • Prof. Tania Groppi, Full Professor of Public Law, University of Siena
  • Prof. Helle Krunke, Full Professor of Constitutional Law, University of Copenhagen
  • Prof. Zoltán Szente, Resarch Chair of the Institute of Legal Studies, Budapest

Organising Committee

  • Dr. Marco Antonio Simonelli
  • Dr. Nuria Gonzalez Campañá
  • Juan Tello Mendoza

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