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Call for Submissions: Workshop #22 of the World Congress of Constitutional Law on ‘Internet in the Age of Ordinary Terrorism’. 18-22 June, Seoul 2018

A reminder to all our IACL Blog readers that it is still possible to submit an abstract to the World Congress. Submissions of proposals to the Workshop will be open until 30 March 2018. A list of the World Congress’ workshops can be found here. More detail about submitting a proposal is available here. We look forward to reading your proposals! 

Over the next few weeks, the IACL Blog will be featuring the different workshops that the World Congress will be hosting. This blog post features Workshop #22: Internet in the Age of Ordinary Terrorism.

Workshop #22 Internet in the Age of Ordinary Terrorism


Giovanna De Minico (Italy / Italie)

Oreste Pollicino (Italy / Italie)

Proposal submissions are due by March 30.

In the age of ordinary terrorism we are facing a crucial question: should public security prevail over fundamental rights in Internet? 

Usually, this question emerges when particular events imperil the security of each citizen. Here, the only solution to block the dissemination of terrorism online would seem to consist in a mass surveillance of the contents published on the Internet. But, are we ready to sacrifice our fundamental rights in order to protect public security in any occasion? What is the role of constitutional law in this framework?

The Internet is one of the main channels of communication. The possibility to reach people across the globe without any particular barrier and, in some cases, in anonymous way is particularly important for the global society. Internet shows a dual, unprecedented and contradictory identity: a place for the exercise of all kind of freedoms, in its original position ancillary to the person, but also a field for the terrorism-related crimes. A role, the latter, involuntarily helpful to the terror strategy, which alienates the initial individuals’ sympathies from the net.

We will delve into the different national legislations – affected by the various interventions – which appear schizophrenic: they state everything and its opposite. Indeed, the capability of the Net, multiplier of the liberties, has called for a regulation expanding the rights (See European Regulation on Digital Single Market). Whereas the aptitude of the Internet to technically facilitate the commission of crimes, compared to what would happen in the material reality, has provoked, at national and supranational level, a regulation restraining the very same spaces of freedom increased before.

Finally, we will consider the way Internet is tailored by the creative role played by the European Court of Justice and the European Court of Human Rights in reviewing the controversial relationship between the protection of personal data and the safeguard of national security, drawn by the legislator.

These are only some of the main issues which the workshop on “Internet in the age of Ordinary Terrorism” will address during the 10th World Congress of Constitutional Law which will be held in Seoul on 18-22 June 2018 ( The workshop focuses on three questions: what risks imperil the Internet, put under tension by the terrorism of ordinary times? Which was – and which shall be in a State of right – the supranational lawmakers’ reaction to this challenge? What role for the Judges?

We inform all those which could be interested that the applications for the “WORKSHOP #22 Internet in the Age of Ordinary Terrorism” approved by the International Association of Constitutional Law (IACL) World Congress are open. The Workshop is coordinated by the professors Giovanna De Minico (University of Naples Federico II-Italy) and Oreste Pollicino (Bocconi University of Milan) and the program is available on the official IACL World Congress website, listed on the workshops program (

We invite you to complete as soon as possible your application to participate in our workshop, following the IACL procedure explained on, sending it also to both professors De Minico and Pollicino:

It is necessary paying the requested Congress fee registration

We are looking forward to receiving your application!

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