Amsterdam Centre for European Law and Governance

ACELG Presentation: Constitutional relations in Europe: some recent case law

Professor Leonard Besselink

08May2012 12:00 - 13:00


Professor Leonard Besselink

The recent ruling of the Czech Constitutional Court declaring the judgment in C-399/09 Landtova of the Court of Justice of the European Union ultra vires has given rise to new questions regarding the constitutional relations within the European Union. In this presentation, Professor Leonard Besselink will sketch some thoughts on the structure of constitutional relations between the EU and its Member States. In doing so, he will analyze some recent case law, among which case C-208/09 Ilonka Sayn-Wittgenstein. The background of this case and Besselink’s more general ideas about constitutional relations are elaborated in a case note which was very recently published in the Common Market Law Review.


Leonard Besselink has been appointed Professor of Constitutional Law at the University of Amsterdam’s Faculty of Law. He was Professor of European Constitutional Law at Utrecht University and is currently on sabbatical leave. In the 2003-2004 academic year, he was Visiting Professor and Fellow of the Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies at the European University Institute in Florence and in 2009 and 2010 he served as a member of the Royal Commission on the Constitution. Besselink focuses on the study of constitutional law, which in its present-day context, needs to take into account the effects of globalisation, internationalisation and Europeanisation. An important part of Besselink’s research shall take place within the framework of the Amsterdam Centre for European Law and Governance.

Venue and registration

Tuesday, 8 May 2012, 12.00 – 13.00
Oudemanhuispoort 4-6, 1012 CN Amsterdam, E 2.01

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