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Rights Under Pressure: practising constitutional law in turbulent times [Audio]

Released Tuesday, 10th May 2016
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Speaker(s): Professor Susanne Baer | Dynamics of globalisation, which include mass migration, international terrorism, and global trade, as well as the rise of transnational legal regimes, put pressure on national legal systems, the essence of which is to be found in constitutional law. In addition, courts are positioned in time and space, amidst public opinion about "who we are, really"? Can law guarantee liberty and security, guarantee equality and organise solidarity? Or is it, finally, naïve to hope for the civilising forces of constitutionalism, with its promise of democracy, the rule of law and fundamental human rights? Professor Susanne Baer will share her perspective as a Justice on the German Constitutional Court. She also holds the Chair of Public Law and Gender Studies at Humboldt-University Berlin and is a William W. Cook Global Law Professor at Michigan Law School. Her work and publications focus on law against discrimination, critical and feminist legal studies, comparative constitutionalism, and interdisciplinary studies of law. Nicola Lacey is School Professor of Law, Gender and Social Policy at LSE. LSE Law (@lselaw) is an integral part of the School's mission, plays a major role in policy debates & in the education of lawyers and law teachers from around the world.