Dr Catherine Dupré
Catherine Dupré holds a PhD from the European University Institute. She is an Associate Professor of Comparative Constitutional Law.
She is a member of the Human Rights and Democracy Forum based at the University of Exeter.
She is also a founding member of the International Board of Directors of Dignity Rights International.
Her office hours are Tuesdays and Thursdays 2 pm - 3 pm. Appointments can be arranged by email.
My work focuses on the interaction between human rights, democracy and constitutionalism in Europe.
I have been a pioneer in studying and developing the concept of human dignity in the field of comparative constitutional law and my latest monograph, The Age of Dignity: Human Rights and Constitutionalism in Europe (Hart 2015) was the first comprehensive and theoretical engagement with these issues in the European context. I expanded the original theoretical scope of her research with an ESRC funded project on ‘Human Dignity in UK Legal Practice: Realities, Challenges, Potentials’ in collaboration with Daniel Bedford (University of Portsmouth) and barristers and solicitors from London-based chambers, including Doughty Street, Garden Court and Matrix. In 2018-19, I guest-edited a special issue of the European Human Rights Law Review on human dignity in UK legal practice (issue 2/2019).
I am further developing my work on human dignity by studying its connections with the quality of democracy. As part of this project, I am co-editing a collection entitled ‘Human Dignity and Democracy in Europe: Identity, Citizenship and Solidarity’ (E Elgar forthcoming 2021). This builds on my earlier research on Hungarian constitutionalism which took on renewed significance following the adoption of the Hungarian Fundamental Law in 2011. I was one of the first scholars to engage in critical discussion of the Hungarian government’s self-proclaimed turn to ‘illiberal democracy’. My analysis of the Fundamental Law’s provision on human dignity was translated into Hungarian, Spanish, Italian and French.
My research on constitutionalism also includes the unprecedented constitutional reform process in Iceland, which followed the collapse of their banking system in 2008. Together with Agust Thor Arnason, I co-edited the first comprehensive study of the reform from beginning to end bringing together key actors in that process: Icelandic Constitutional Reform: People, Processes, Politics (Routledge 2020).
I am happy to supervise postgraduate research on most topics of comparative constitutional law with a European focus, and I have a special interest in human rights, human dignity, constitutional crises, constitutional justice and adjudication, constitutional reform and drafting, as well as ECHR law.