Amsterdam Centre for European Law and Governance

Foreign Policy Objectives in European Constitutional Law: E Pluribus Cohaerente?

Dr Joris Larik, Leiden University & The Hague Institute for Global Justice

08June2016 13:00 - 14:00

Lecture

Based on his recently published monograph 'Foreign Policy Objectives in European Constitutional Law', Joris Larik will probe into the sensitive relationship between EU law and Member State constitutional law and the complex legal issues surrounding the parallel existence of the Union and the Member States as actors on the international stage. The talk is open to the public, registration is requested.

In his monograph Foreign Policy Objectives in European Constitutional Law, recently published by OUP, Joris Larik confronts the trend of enshrining international ambitions in the highest laws of states and of the European Union. Larik argues that the codification of foreign policy objectives suggests a progression in the evolution of the role of the constitution: from limiting public authority to guiding it towards certain goals, both at home and in the wider world.

In his talk, Dr Larik will focus on Chapter 4 of the book, which addresses the consequences of the fact that the EU and its Member States share the ‘European constitutional space’. The chapter tackles the sensitive relationship between EU law and Member State constitutional law and the complex legal issues surrounding the parallel existence of the Union and the Member States as actors on the international stage. Despite constitutional pluralism and plurality in the international representation, there is an overarching quest for unity and coherence in the EU polity and in its external relations. In this quest, Union objectives assume the position of the overall substantive rallying point of the external action of the Union and the Member States. They are operationalized through a range of legal principles, including constitutional identity, conferral, the duty of sincere cooperation, and the unity in the international representation of the Union. However, while being constrained, the Member States are not fully eclipsed as international actors.

The speaker

Dr Joris Larik is Assistant Professor of Comparative, European, and International Law at the Faculty of Governance and Global Affairs, Leiden University, and Senior Researcher at The Hague Institute for Global Justice.His monograph Foreign Policy Objectives in European Constitutional Law is based on Larik’s doctoral dissertation, which he defended in June 2013 at the European University Institute in Florence and where it was subsequently awarded the 2014 Mauro Cappelletti Prize for the Best Thesis in Comparative Law. Joris Larik studied law and international relations in Dresden (B.A.), Leiden (LL.M.), the College of Europe in Bruges (M.A.), and the European University Institute (Ph.D.).

Attendance

Attendance is free of charge. For organizational reasons, please sign up for the meeting by sending an email to Angela Moisl, acelg@uva.nl.

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