Forward or Back: The Future of European Integration and the Impossibility of the Status Quo
In this talk, Ronan McCrea considers how the legal and political order of the European Union can cope if the ‘Ever Closer Union’ envisaged by the Treaties ceases to be inevitable. Open to the public, registration is welcome.
This event is co-organized by the Paul Scholten Centre for Jurisprudence and the Amsterdam Centre for European Law and Governance.
Attendance is free. Registration is welcome, firstname.lastname@example.org. Registered attendees will receive Ronan McCrea's paper.
The speaker in particular focuses on what are the likely consequences if previously successful integration mechanisms such as integration through law (including adventurous pro-integration interpretation by the CJEU) and functional integration, can no longer successfully push forward the integration process. He considers whether it is possible for the Union to ‘stand still’, that is, to maintain the current level of integration without either moving forward to more intensive integration or engaging in costly and disruptive disintegration. In order to substantiate this claim, he looks at three areas, the law of citizenship, the Eurozone and the legislative structures of the Union, showing in each case that the current degree of integration cannot provide a long term basis for policy.
The discussion on this talk will be opened by Christina Eckes, Professor of European Union Law and Director of the Amsterdam Centre for European Law and Governance.
Ronan McCrea is Senior Lecturer in Law at University College London. He was previously a Lecturer at the University of Reading and a référendaire (judicial clerk) in the chambers of Advocate General Poiares Maduro at the Court of Justice of the European Union in Luxembourg. He is also a visiting professor at the Central European University in Budapest where he teaches on the Comparative Constitutional Law programme. He is the author of Religion and the Public Order of the European Union (OUP 2010).
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