The workshop will consist of the presentation of papers by invited speakers and others proposed through call for papers and respective debate on the proposed themes.

This workshop aims to establish an interdisciplinary discussion - between political philosophy, political theory, philosophy of law, legal theory, legal dogmatics, philosophy, sociology, history, theory of culture, and others - on the current state and future development of theories of democracy and democratic regimes. The main themes are as follows:

  • The evolution of criticisms of democracy;
  • The evolution of alternative models of politics and policy-making;
  • The evolution of basic constitutional norms beyond conventional democracy;
  • The evolution of democracy towards democratic experimentalism;
  • The evolution of political culture.

Abstracts of 300 words (max.) should be submitted by July 31th 2022 to Ana Margarida Gaudêncio ( and Veith Selk ( Participation decisions will be made by mid-August. The working language is English. Selected papers will be invited for publication.

We intend to hold the workshop as a full “in-person” event. Depending on the situation, we may switch to a hybrid or online-only format. The registration fee (roundtable materials and coffee breaks) is 30€ (for professionals) and 20€ (for students, including PhD candidates). Further details on registration, payment as well as other workshop activities soon to follow.

The workshop is jointly organized by Ana Margarida Gaudêncio (UCILeR, University of Coimbra Institute for Legal Research, Portugal), Luís Meneses do Vale (UCILeR), and Veith Selk (Institute of Political Science, Technical University of Darmstadt, Germany).


Call for Papers (542 kB)