Public Law and Cities 2024

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The first Austrian Chapter Conference will take place on 10. and 11. September 2024 at Vienna University of Economics and Business (WU) and Sigmund Freud University (SFU) in Vienna.

The ICON.S AC Conference will focus on the manifold interrelations of public law and cities. All around the world, cities play a crucial role in addressing the challenges of the 21st century. International networks of cities illustrate new ways of thinking public law. Cities are challenged to give local answers to global problems. Cities are addressed by public law in many ways. Most prominently Ran Hirschl pointed to the constitutional silence regarding cities and claimed a transformation of the constitutional role of the cities. Administrative law transfers competences to cities and cities enforce administrative law on a local level. In that regard, the societal role of cities is steadily increasing.

The conference aims to address the overall concept of cities in public law as well as concrete challenges of the 21st century and the role of cities in dealing with these challenges through public law. The conference is interested in global perspectives towards cities from all continents around the world as well as in particular experiences of the role of cities in Central and Eastern Europe, Austria, Germany, Switzerland and Italy. The conference will deal with various topics in an  interdisciplinary and comparative approach, including the status of cities in public law, climate change and cities, smart cities, migration, human rights and so on.


Preliminary Programme

10 September 2024


SFU, Freudplatz 1

Welcome Ceremony

SFU, Freudplatz 1

Keynote Speakers

Prof. Ran Hirschl, University of Toronto
Constitutions and the City: Comparative Reflections

Prof. Vanesa Castan Broto, University of Sheffield
Delivering Innovation for Urban Climate Action

SFU, Freudplatz 1

Coffee Break
Parallel Session I

WU, Welthandelsplatz 1 (AD) / SFU, Freudplatz 1

Coffee Break
Parallel Session II

WU, Welthandelsplatz 1 (AD) / SFU, Freudplatz 1

Conference Dinner (paid individually)

11 September 2024

Parallel Session III

WU, Welthandelsplatz 1 (AD) / SFU, Freudplatz 1

Coffee Break
Parallel Session IV

WU, Welthandelsplatz 1 (AD) / SFU, Freudplatz 1

Closing Ceremony

SFU, Freudplatz 1

Optional Excursions

The conference will organise optional excursions to the following locations:

  • Austrian Parliament –
  • Austrian Constitutional Court –
  • Seestadt – New urban development area –



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