Wed 07 Feb 2024

2nd Fellows' Exchange Meeting: Democracy Through Law?

Drawing of a monitor with many faces on it, depicting a group video call.
(c) Nadine Roßa

Following the first Fellows’ Exchange Meeting in October 2023 in Berlin on the topic of 'Neighbouring and Neighbourhoods,' the Fellows of the 2023/24 cohort are now meeting online for their second Fellows’ meeting at the halfway point of the Fellowship program.

This time, the Fellows will focus on the theme 'Democracy Through Law?' with discussions centering around the connections between legal and institutional structures to safeguard democracy, human rights, and the rule of law in Europe.

During various interactive sessions, the Fellows will also have the opportunity to present the current status of their research projects, provide insights into their collaborations with guest institutions, and exchange ideas with each other.


A particular emphasis of the meeting will be on the panel discussion "Conversation on the role of Venice Commission: The Venice Commission - Constitutional Advice in Changing Times". Angelika Nußberger (Academy for European Human Rights Protection) and Kushtrim Istrefi (Utrecht University) will discuss the role of the Venice Commission in the context of EU enlargement, the relationship between the EU and the Venice Commission, its role in constitutional advice, support, and constitution-building, as well as current changes. The conversation will be moderated by re:constitution Alumna Lea Raible (University of Glasgow).

To enhance their practice-oriented skills, the Fellows will also receive advocacy training from Corey Barber and participate in a workshop on the topic "Brussels Connection – Linking Fellows with EU Institutions," conducted by our program partner Democracy Reporting International.

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