Economic & Monetary Union & Social Justice (26 January 2018)

By Admin,

This interdisciplinary research seminar addresses whether the legal frame of Economic and Monetary Union is in irreconcilable tension with the EU’s renewed social agenda, also questioning whether the Pillar of Social Rights is sufficient to revive the EU’s original socio-economic model in the face of ongoing global economic distortions. Speakers include Prof Ulla Neergaard (Copenhagen), Prof Fabian Amtenbrink (Rotterdam) and Dr Bart Vanhercke (OSE, Brussels). To view the programme, click HERE.   To register, click HERE. The call for papers is now closed (for the text click here).  

Brexit deal: Creative solutions postponed – and much work for legal drafters

By Dagmar Schiek,

While the Taoiseach Leo Varadkar praises a “politically bullet proof” agreement on avoiding a so-called hard border, pragmatic Commission negotiator Michel Barnier offered a more realistic summary in his press statement:

“Together with the UK, Irish and all EU governments, we will now need to develop creative solutions that work.”

If this is true, the much praised negotiation progress closing phase one Article 50 TEU negotiations may appear as “back to square one” for appreciating the unique situation of the island of Ireland. Even without legal … Continue reading

The European Union in the Wider Europe: Still a Force for Europeanization?

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 Venue: Queen’s University Belfast, Senate Room

 Date and time: 3 November 2017, 1230-1745

This workshop assesses the extent to which the EU is able to promote effectively its norms and constitutional values in neighbouring countries. In exploring the mediating influences over the EU’s Europeanization impact, the presentations and discussion will consider the effectiveness of current mechanisms and strategies for promoting core EU values (e.g. rule of law, human rights, democracy) and consider the future prospects for Europeanization.

The full programme can be viewed HERE

The seminar report can be viewed HERE