Rights, Democracy, and Constitutionalism

Rights, Democracy, and Constitutionalism is one of the four focal areas of research at the Faculty of Law.

The focal area Rights, Democracy, and Constitutionalism covers legal research on individual rights as they are provided by constitutions, international conventions, and European Union law. Although the main emphasis is on fundamental rights and human rights, the focal area also covers research on rights-based arguments in other legal contexts.

In addition, research on different forms of constitutionalism, both national and international, is included in the focal area. This includes critical analysis of the constitutionalist language, and of the role of national, European, and international legal regimes in the context of democratic institutions, courts, and academic discourse.

The scope of research cross-cuts the traditional areas of law. It covers not only questions of traditional public law but also problems of internal markets, competition law, family law, commercial law intellectual property law, and other areas of private law in situations where they have an impact on rights and the functioning of constitutional democracy.