April 13, 2015

[Change of Time] Justice Breyer to Lecture at Paris-Nanterre, Wednesday, April 15, 16:00

Friend of the network Myriam Benlolo-Carabot (Paris-Nanterre) has asked us to let readers know that Justice Stephen Breyer's lecture on Wednesday, April 15 at the law faculty of the Université Paris Ouest Nanterre La Défense will now take place at 16:00 (rather than 15:00 as originally scheduled).  The talk is entitled "The Court and the World".  More information, including location details, can be found here as well as on the flyer is below.

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Summer School: "European Union Law, Policy, and Diplomacy," Washington D.C., May 16-17 and 28-29, 2015

Network member Fernanda Nicola (Washington College of Law, American University) has written to announce a short course in Washington D.C. next month on European Union law, policy, and diplomacy, as part of American University's Program on International Organizations, Law and Diplomacy.  Her announcement to the network is below.


I am writing to invite your students to participate in the upcoming Regional Organizations courses being offered this summer by the Program on International Organizations, Law and Diplomacy (PIOLD) at the American University Washington College of Law. The PIOLD program combines legal, diplomatic, and social scientific approaches to the study of multilateralism to help students gain a comprehensive understanding of the mechanics of international organization functions.

The course on European Union Law, Policy and Diplomacy will feature cutting edge law and policy reforms with a focus on transatlantic relations, financial institutions and human rights law. This class will be taught by Professors Fernanda Nicola and Michelle Egan (American University WCL and SIS) in conjunction with Dr. Gisella Gori, senior political advisor at the EU Delegation, Valerie Rouxel-Laxton, Head of Economic and Financial Affairs at the Delegation of the European Union to the United States of American, and Denis Chaibi, member of the Cabinet of Ms. Kristalina Georgieva, Commissioner for International Cooperation, Humanitarian Aid & Crisis Response at the European Commission. The course will meet at Washington College of Law on May 16-17 and at the EU Delegation's office in Washington, D.C. on May 28-29.

Summer School: "Parliaments of Europe," LUISS University of Rome, July 14-24, 2015

Network member Nicola Lupo (LUISS Guido Carli) has written to announce a summer school on parliamentary democracy in Europe, to take place at LUISS University of Rome between July 14 and July 24 this year.  Entitled "Parliaments of Europe: foreign policy and democracy promotion," the course focuses on the powers, functions, and institutional relationships that distinguish modern European parliaments.  The course is aimed at graduate students, junior researchers, civil servants, and others with a professional interest in European democracy.  Full details are available here.

EU Funding Announced for Ph.D. Positions at University College Dublin

Friend of the network Claire Collins (University College Dublin) has written to announce the availability of EU funding for three Ph.D. positions on environmental governance and compliance.  A summary is below; further information can be obtained from Niamh McCabe.


Three EU-funded Ph.D positions on Environmental Governance and Compliance (4 years) - University College Dublin, Sutherland School of Law
This is an exciting opportunity for talented students to play an important role in a cutting-edge project at the intersection of law, governance, psychology and economics, investigating the way that laws influence our decisions to engage (or not to engage) in environmentally compliant behaviour in Europe. Non-compliance with the EU’s environmental rules is one of the key weaknesses of the EU’s environmental policy, and the EU has over the past decade brought in rules to encourage decentralised, society-led governance by local private actors, including environmental NGOs but also private individuals and companies, in an attempt to improve compliance levels. Yet surprisingly little is known about the extent to which this major change in environmental governance rules has actually influenced compliance levels in practice, and why. The central question of this project is therefore: Can the design of environmental governance rules influence us not only to comply with the letter of the law, but also to go further?

Funded by the European Research Council, you will form part of an interdisciplinary team of six people, comprising the Principal Investigator Dr. Suzanne Kingston, a postdoctoral researcher, the 3 Ph.D. students and a research assistant. Specifically, we are looking for:
  • 1 Ph.D. candidate with a degree in Irish law or the law of another common law jurisdiction, or cognate discipline. Where the application is for this position, the applicant should be proficient in English;
  • 1 Ph.D. candidate with a degree in French law, or cognate discipline. Where the application is for this position, the applicant should be proficient in French and English;
  • 1 Ph.D candidate with a degree in Danish law, or cognate discipline. Where the application is for this position, the applicant should be proficient in Danish and English.
In addition to desk study methods, the position will involve the collection and analysis of relevant empirical data on the relevant jurisdiction (Ireland, France or Denmark), including surveys and interviews with interested stakeholders. As a result, the positions will involve some travel from time to time to the relevant jurisdiction with some of the rest of the team, as well as presentations at international events abroad. The successful candidates will have their Ph.D. fees paid, and will receive a stipend of €18,000 for each of the 4 years of the Ph.D. They will be located in the UCD Sutherland School of Law (http://www.ucd.ie/law/), and will liaise closely with the UCD Earth Institute (http://www.ucd.ie/earth/), Ireland’s leading interdisciplinary institute providing research-driven solutions to the most pressing global environmental challenges.

Applications should be e-mailed by Friday 15th May 2015 to environmentalphd@ucd.ie, and should comprise:
  • A covering letter (no more than 2 pages) explaining why you are interested in and suitable for the position;
  • Your CV and one recent paper, essay or publication;
  • Your academic transcripts and, for applicants for whom English is not their mother tongue, proof of proficiency in English. Additionally, for applicants for the French and Danish law positions for whom these languages are not their mother tongue, proof of proficiency in these languages.
Candidates should be available for interview (in person or by Skype) in the week commencing 14th June 2015 and should be available to start from September 2015. Enquiries to Ms. Niamh McCabe.

April 11, 2015

The Network on SSRN: Turkuler Isiksel, "European Exceptionalism and the EU's Accession to the ECHR"

Network member Turkuler Isiksel (Columbia) has a new paper on SSRN, exploring and criticizing the strand of "European exceptionalism" that she identifies in the attitude of the Court, and in Opinion 2/13 in particular.  The abstract is below; the full text, entitled "European Exceptionalism and the EU's Accession to the ECHR," is available on SSRN here.

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In a December 2014 opinion, the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) torpedoed the draft accession agreement that would have enabled the EU to accede to the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR) on the grounds of its incompatibility with the EU’s constitutional structure. The opinion has been widely criticized as evidence of the CJEU's unwillingness to be bridled by another international court and its anxiety over losing its self-proclaimed primacy within Europe’s juridical space. This short essay argues that the Court's reasoning is symptomatic of an hubristic attitude of "European exceptionalism" that pervades the self-understanding of EU institutions, not least the Court itself. According to the exceptionalist narrative, the enlightened character of EU institutions exempts them from the normative constraints designed to check more imperfect forms of political organization such as nation-states. The paper submits that this is a more alarming, not to mention ironic, stance for a supranational Court to espouse than either institutional self-importance or exaggerated anxiety over constitutional incompatibility.

April 3, 2015

Now Online: the Cambridge Yearbook of European Legal Studies

Network member Kenneth Armstrong (Cambridge) has written to share the exciting news that Cambridge University's EU law journal, the Cambridge Yearbook of European Legal Studies, is now opening up to online access.  Kenneth's note to the network is below.


The Cambridge Yearbook of European Legal Studies has been published since 1998 and is now in its 17th volume. From 2015, the Yearbook will be published by Cambridge University Press via Cambridge Journals Online, and will now be fully accessible online as well as in print. The Yearbook publishes pieces of up to 11,000 words and all articles will appear online on FirstView in advance of print publication. We have a benchmark of publishing online via FirstView within 16 weeks of receipt of a manuscript. All articles are reviewed by the editorial board and anonymously by an external expert peer reviewer. The first article for 2015 is already online and can be accessed here.

Please do get in touch if there is something you are working on that you think would fit within the broad concept of European legal studies.

Kenneth Armstrong

March 27, 2015

Conference at LSE: 'Resilience or Resignation? National Parliaments and the EU', 10 April 2015

Friend of the network Davor Jancic (British Academy Newton Fellow, LSE), has asked us to forward the announcement below of the conference Resilience or Resignation? National Parliaments and the EU, which will take place at LSE on April 10.  Included in the speaker line-up is network member Peter Lindseth (UConn, this term Senior Emile Noël Fellow at NYU), as well as Katarzyna Granat (Emile Noël Fellow at NYU).  More details can be found here (including RSVP details) and the full announcement is below.

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March 25, 2015

Summer School: "Democracy and the Financial Crisis in Europe," Amsterdam, June 29 - July 3, 2015

Network member Gareth Davies (VU University Amsterdam) has written to announce a summer school for doctoral students between June 29 and July 3, 2015 at VU University Amsterdam on "Democracy and the Financial Crisis in Europe."  A short summary is below, and more information can be found here.  The deadline for applications is April 14, 2015.


This one-week, full-time, intensive summer school is organized by ACCESS Europe and the VU University Amsterdam law school. ACCESS Europe is a co-operative venture between VU University and the University of Amsterdam, providing a platform for research and debate on Europe, the European Union and its Member States. It has recently been awarded Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence status.

The summer school will consist of a series of interactive seminars with leading scholars in law and political science. The 20-25 participants will explore the theme of "democracy and the financial crisis in Europe" from different angles, with plenty of opportunities to link it to their own research.

CFP: Sheffield University (UK) Conference on Skilled Migration Policies, September 15, 2015

Network member Francesca Strumia (Sheffield University) has asked that we pass along the following call for papers for a conference in September entitled "Unravelling the Talent Tale: Skilled Migration Policies between National Images, Membership Bonds and Economic Priorities."  See below and here for details.


Unravelling the Talent Tale: Skilled Migration Policies between National Images, Membership Bonds and Economic Priorities

Sheffield University School of Law
Tuesday September 15, 2015

with Professor Peter J. Spiro, Charles R. Weiner Professor of Law at Temple University Beasley School of Law (keynote speaker)

This one-day interdisciplinary conference, jointly sponsored by the Sheffield Faculty of Social Sciences Migration Research Group and the Sheffield Centre for International and European Law, proposes to bring together scholars, practitioners and institutional actors involved with the development and practice of skilled migration policies to consider a range of questions targeting the interrelation between attracting skilled migrants and redefining community boundaries and membership bonds.

Which concepts of talent underpin skilled migration policies and what kind of stake in the community do these concepts relate to? How do skilled migration policies alter existing paradigms for community closure and the nature of the ‘genuine links’ among community members? How do the claims to admission of skilled migrants relate to those of ‘standard’ migrants? How do these policies relate to narratives of sovereignty and nationalism?

Proposals for papers addressing the above questions from legal, political, sociological perspectives are encouraged. Paper proposals not exceeding 500 words in length and a one paragraph bio should be emailed by 30th April 2015 to skilledmigration.2015@gmail.com.  Successful applicants will be notified by mid-June 2015

For additional details and the full call please see http://migrationgovernance.org/activities_items/call-papers-skilled-migration-conference/.

Book Announcement: Michelle Egan, "Single Markets: Economic Integration in Europe and the United States"

Network member Michelle Egan (American University) has alerted us that her new book, Single Markets: Economic Integration in Europe and the United States, is now available from the Oxford University Press.  The publisher's blurb is below, and more information is available from the OUP site here.

This timely book provides in-depth analytical comparison of the nineteenth century evolution of the American single market with corresponding political, economic, and social developments in post-WWII European efforts to create a single European market. Building the regulatory framework needed for successful adoption of an integrated single market across diverse political units represents one of the most important issues in comparative political economy. What accounts for the political success or failure in creating integrated markets in their respective territories? When social discontent threatens market integration with populist backlash, what must be done to create political support and greater legitimacy?

Single Markets focuses on the creation of integrated economies, in which the United States and European Union experienced sharply contested ideas about the operation of their respective markets, conflict over the allocation of institutional authority, and pressure from competing political, economic, and social forces over the role and consequences of increased competition. Drawing upon four case studies, the book highlights the contestation surrounding the US and EU's efforts to create common currencies, expand their borders and territories, and deal with the pressures of populist parties, regional interests and varied fiscal and economic challenges. Theoretically, the book draws on work in European integration and American Political Development (APD) to illustrate that the consolidation of markets in the US and EU took place in conjunction with the expansion of state regulatory power and pressure for democratic reform.

Single Markets situates the consolidation of single markets in the US and EU in a broader comparative context that draws on research in economics, public administration, political science, law, and history.