Book launch and in conversation with Professor Wojciech Sadurski – Law School: Events Book launch and in conversation with Professor Wojciech Sadurski – Law School: Events

Book launch and in conversation with Professor Wojciech Sadurski

Book launch and in conversation with Professor Wojciech Sadurski

In-person event

The University of Sydney Law School is delighted to invite you to the launch of A Pandemic of Populists by Professor Wojciech Sadurski, Challis Chair in Jurisprudence, Sydney Law School.

The book will be launched by Professor Simon Bronitt, Dean of Sydney Law School, followed by in-conversation discussion with the author and Professor David Kinley, Professor of Human Rights Law at the Law School.

About A Pandemic of Populists

Over the last decade, the world has watched in shock as populists swept to power in free elections. From Manila to Warsaw, Brasilia to Budapest, the populist tide has shattered illusions of an inexorable march to liberal democracy. Eschewing simplistic notions of a unified global populism, this book unpacks the diversity and plurality of populisms.

It highlights the variety of constitutional and extraconstitutional strategies that populists have used to undermine the institutional fabric of liberal democracy and investigates how ruling populists responded to the Covid-19 crisis. Outlining the rise of populisms and their governing styles, Wojciech Sadurski focuses on what populists in power do, rather than what they say. Confronting one of the most pressing concerns of international politics, this book offers a vibrant, contemporary account of modern populisms and, significantly, considers what we can do to fight back.

‘Wojciech Sadurski is one of the world’s leading constitutional theorists; not for nothing has he been subject to the wrath of right-wing populists in his native Poland. With this masterful volume, he brings together a sophisticated analysis of what populists in power do to institutions with personal stories as well as new ideas how to defeat populists.’ Jan-Werner Mueller, Princeton University

The book will be available for purchase on the evening, or order online here.

Find out more about the book.



Time: 6-7.30pm (including a cocktail reception)

This event is being held in-person at Sydney Law School.

Location: The University of Sydney, Camperdown.


About the author

Wojciech Sadurski is Challis Professor of Jurisprudence at the University of Sydney and Professor of the Centre for Europe at the University of Warsaw; formerly Professor and Head of Department of Law at the European University Institute in Florence. He is author of several books, most recently Poland’s Constitutional Breakdown (2019) and Constitutionalism and the Enlargement of Europe (2012). He regularly teaches, as visiting professor, in top universities around the world, including at Yale and New York Universities.

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This event is presented by the University of Sydney Law School.


Sep 20 2022


6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

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Camperdown Campus - venue to be confirmed


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