70th Conference - Vienna, Austria
10 - 13 September 2018

The Austrian section of the ICHRPI invites together with the Institute for Legal and Constitutional History of the University of Vienna to the 70th conference of the ICHRPI in Vienna. The occasion is the 100 year anniversary of the foundation of the state “Deutschösterreich” (“German Austria”) on 30th of October 1918.

Conference Information

This 70th conference of the ICHRPI will take place from 10th to 13th of September 2018 mainly in the premises of the Faculty of Law of the University of Vienna, Schottenbastei 10-16, 1010 Vienna. On one of the conference days an excursion is planned to Eisenstadt (Burgenland) and – in cooperation with the Hungarian section – to Sopron (Ödenburg).

The general theme is the following:

1) Parliamentarianism and state founding

This theme should be closer considered at least from two angles: a) Parliament and state foundation in general (particularly the importance of concrete parliaments during the – successful or merely attempted – foundation of new states) b) Glory and misery of the parliamentary concept 1918 (-1938) Here the role of the parliamentarianism can be explored within the framework of the state founding processes around 1918 – what expectations were related to the parliamentarization and how did the crisis of parliamentarianism arise in the interwar period?

Further themes of discussion:

2) The quality of (parliamentary) legislation

This may include questions such as: What determines the quality of parliamentary legislation? How is it possible to measure the quality of laws? What kind of measures for quality assurance and mechanisms for quality control can be encountered throughout the constitutional history?

3) Parliamentary infrastructure: building, assistance offices, technology

The reason for this is the renovation of the parliament building in Vienna and the transfer of the parliamentary operations to an alternative location.

For further information with respect to the conference go to http://www.ichrpi.info/

Representing the organizing committee: Gerald Kohl / gerald.kohl@univie.ac.at