Comparative Constitutional Law Research Seminar – Who will Save the Redheads? Towards a Bully Theory of Judicial Review and the Protection of Democracy by Dr. Yaniv Roznai

30 October, 2019

The paper asks a simple question: Can courts protect democracy? At the backdrop of a constitutional crisis in Israel and global democratic erosion, the article confronts three challenges – which notion of democracy are we to protect (liberal v. illiberal; substantive v. formal); can courts actually protect democracy and what should courts do when they are under political pressure. Throughout the discussion, the article also seeks to reveal the false dichotomy of those who argue that courts cannot prevent a democratic failure.

About the speaker:
Dr Yaniv Roznai is a Senior Lecturer at the Radzyner School of Law, Interdisciplinary Center (IDC) Herzliya. Dr Roznai holds a PhD from LSE; he was a visiting researcher at LAPA Princeton, and a Post-Doc Fellow at the University of Haifa and at NYU. He is the Co-Founding Chair of the Israeli Association of Legislation and an elected Council Member of the International Society for Public Law (ICONS). His book, “Unconstitutional Constitutional Amendments – The Limits of Amendment Powers” (Oxford University Press, 2017), was awarded the 2018 Inaugural ICONS Book Prize. He is the winner of the 2018 Israeli Association of Public Law Gorni Prize for Young Researchers, and the 2019 Justice Cheshin Prize for Excellence in Legal Research for Young Researchers. His book “Constitutional Revolution” (with Prof. Gary Jacobsohn) is forthcoming with Yale University Press.  

Light lunch will be served. Live broadcast will be available at Breakout Room 5, The CUHK Graduate Law Centre, 2/F Bank of America Tower, Central.