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ICES Lecture "Constitutionalism as a societal structure: an evolutionary approach to Brexit" by Dr. Fabio Portela

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In this lecture, Fabio Portela, Clerk at the Brazilian Superior Labour Court and currently guest researcher at the ICES will present how constitutionalism evolved as a cooperation-enhancing structure, stabilizing a novel form of societal organization that stabilized the relationship between psychological, cultural, social and societal ontology in modern society. From this perspective, the European Union could only emerge as an integrated constitutional society by facing the contingency of its own disintegration. Brexit is discussed in this context, as an example of how new organizational entities evolve out of bottom-up and top-down forces in play, demanding new structures to stabilize itself as a societal structure. 

Dr. Fabio Portela holds a doctorate in law from the University of Brasilia. He is a visiting researcher at the ICES and will stay here from 5.May until 28.July (in Riga 603). During his stay, Fabio Portela will develop research on the development of economic and financial regulation with a focus on the relationship between legal and economic co-evolution.

If you are interested in getting in contact with Fabio Portela and to talk to him about common research interests and possibilities of cooperation, you can find him in RIGA 6, office 603 or write him an e-mail to


RIGA 6, Room 601
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