The European Court of Justice (ECJ) is one of the most important actors in the process of European integration. Susanne Schmidt’s new book ‘The European Court and the Policy Process’ links the relevance of the ECJ to over-constitutionalization and analyses case law's impact on policy. Schmidt, Visiting Scholar at the UvA in fall 2018, discusses her book with several panelists.
This book argues that the implications of the supremacy and direct effect of the EU Treaty have still been overlooked. As it constitutionalizes an intergovernmental treaty, the European Union has a detailed set of policies inscribed into its constitution that are extensively shaped by the Court's case law. If rulings have constitutional status, their impact will be considerable, even if the Court only occasionally diverts from member states' preferences. For a longer description of the book, please click here.
Susanne Schmidt is Professor of Political Science at the University of Bremen. She has published widely on questions of European integration, including the role of the Commission, competition and liberalization policies in the EU, and mutual recognition as a new mode of governance. The policy implications of the European Court of Justice's case law at the European and national levels are the current focus of her research. Schmidt is a Visiting Scholar at ACES between 17-21 September (FMG) and 8-12 October (FdR).
Gareth Davies is Professor of European Law at the VU. His research concentrates foremost on European economic integration in order to analyse the division of powers between the EU and its Member States. Before moving to the VU he was a University Lecturer at the University of Groningen. In 2006 he was a fellow at New York University Law School, and in 2014 at the European University Institute. Davies also teaches at Amsterdam University College. He is the co-author, with Damian Chalmers and Giorgio Monti, of ‘EU Law’.
Frank Vandenbroucke is University Professor at the University of Amsterdam (UvA). His research focuses on the impact of the EU on the development of social and employment policy in the EU Member States. Vandenbroucke previously was Minister for Social Security, Health Insurance, Pensions and Employment in the Belgian Federal Government and Minister of Education and Employment in the Flemish Regional Government.
Jonathan Zeitlin is Professor of Public Policy and Governance, and Distinguished Faculty Professor at the Faculty of Social and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Amsterdam. He is Scientific Director of the Amsterdam Centre for European Studies (ACES).
The book panel is co-organised with the Amsterdam Centre for European Studies (ACES).