The Future of Liberal Democracy

February 2123, 2019 Austin, Texas

Convened by 

Richard Albert
William Stamps Farish Professor of Law
The University of Texas at Austin

Sandy Levinson
W. St. John Garwood and W. St. John Garwood, Jr. Centennial Chair in Law
Professor of Government
The University of Texas at Austin


Liberal democracy is under attack in many countries across the globe. It is under stress in several others. And in those countries where liberal democracy remains strong, political actors are bracing for what may come. This international conference on The Future of Liberal Democracy  will gather 30 outstanding scholars from around the world to diagnose what ails liberal democracy and also to debate what can be done to save it. Panelists will examine the erosion of constraints executive power, the growing practice of constitutional replacement by constitutional amendment, as well as legal and political strategies for managing difference and diversity. In addition, panelists will discuss two provocative questions: (1) Is the Trump phenomenon an instance of American exceptionalism or is it part of larger global trend?; and (2) Is illiberal constitutionalism an oxymoron? All are welcome to attend this important program.

For further information, please contact Trish Do.