The PowerPoint may be accessed HERE.
The Conference Paper may be accessed HERE.
how is constitutional theory to respond to the challenge arising form three current major trends—digitization, privatization and globalization—for the inclusion/exclusion problem? That is how today’s “constitutional question” ought to be formulated, by contrast with the 18th and 19th century question of the constitution of nation-states. While that had to do with disciplining repressive political power by law, the point today is to discipline quite different social dynamics.” (Gunther Teubner, Societal Constitutionalism: Alternatives to State-Centered Constitutional Theory, Storrs Lectures, Yale Law School, 2003/04, p.2).
Every Independence Day, many Americans take their Declaration of Independence out of its shroud, admire it, proclaim their allegiance to its principles, congratulate themselves on their constancy in applying those principles, and then put the document away for another year. Many other Americans wrap themselves in the language of the Declaration, or at least in well chosen selected portions of that language, to push any one or more projects of change to the structure of the Republic or its policies. The Declaration of Independence remains one of the great revolutionary documents of our time. Its ideas remain as dangerous as they have been useful. (Some Thoughts On The American Declaration Of Independence And Its Irish/European Connections At Century's End, Law at the End of the Day, July 4, 2006)