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ACELG director Christina Eckes’ new book ‘EU Powers Under External Pressure - How the EU's External Actions Alter its Internal Structures’ will be launched with a round table discussion of the book and the themes it covers. Alessandra Arcuri (Erasmus University Rotterdam), Guri Rosén (University of Oslo) and Marcus Klamert (Vienna University of Business and Economics) will act as discussants on the panel.

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Date 28 March 2019
Time 14:00 - 15:30


EU external actions have deep constitutional and institutional implications for EU law and practices. This becomes more and more relevant as the EU's external competences and actions continue to increase. Christina Eckes’ new book ‘EU Powers Under External Pressure - How the EU's External Actions Alter its Internal Structures’ (Oxford University Press, 2019) traces the legal effects and the broader constitutional implications of the EU’s external actions, including potential integrative forces. Several panelists will discuss different chapters of the book.

This book sheds light on how the Union’s external actions influence the making and interpretation of EU law and, more importantly, whether and how this affects the power division between the EU and its Member States, the structures that shape the relationship between the Union and its citizens, as well as the autonomy, effectiveness, and legitimacy of EU law. To this end the book introduces the concept of ‘structure of bonding’, namely, the deep tissue of the Union, including the formal legal principles and rules that have the potential to frame and affect the Union’s relations with its citizens. It concludes that external relations offer great possibilities to the Union to make a comprehensible claim of purpose and added value compared to any Member State.

Read a longer description of the book on the publisher’s website.



Alessandra Arcuri is professor of International Law at Erasmus School of Law on the chair 'Including Global Law and Governance' within the International and European Union Law (IEUL) section. She obtained her PhD in 2005 at Erasmus School of Law on Governing the risks of ultra-hazardous activities: challenges for contemporary legal systems. She has been working at Erasmus School of Law since 1999, first as an assistant professor and later as an associate professor. She also worked for a long time at the Rotterdam Institute of Law and Economics (RILE). Prof. Arcuri is an academic member of the Erasmus Initiative Inclusive Prosperity.

Guri Rosén is Associate Professor at OsloMet. She is a former postdoc and PhD student at ARENA and defended her dissertation in January 2015. She holds a master in political science from the University of Oslo and an MSc in sociology from the University of Oxford. Guri Rosén's main areas of academic interest include the EU's external trade policy, the Common Foreign and Security Policy, and the European Parliament. In February 2015, Guri Rosén started on a postdoctoral project based on a grant from the Norwegian Research Council, titled: From Zero to Hero: Explaining the European Parliament's Influence on EU External Trade Policy.

Marcus Klamert is a Legal advisor at the Federal Chancellery of Austria and holds a postdoctoral qualification to lecture in European and public international law (Habilitation) awarded by the Vienna University of Economics and Business. He has held (visiting) fellowships with the Austrian Academy of Sciences, the Institute of European and Comparative Law, University of Oxford and the European University Institute, Florence. He has represented Austria before the European Court of Justice, has practiced law with Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer in Vienna and has worked for the European Commission in Brussels. Klamert’s publications include The Principle of Loyalty in EU Law (Oxford University Press, 2014), and Services Liberalization in the EU and WTO – Concepts, Standards and Regulatory Approaches (Cambridge University Press, 2014). He is co-editor of the forthcoming EU Treaties and Charter on Fundamental Rights – A Commentary (Oxford University Press, 2019).




The roundtable will take place from 14.00 – 15.30 hrs at Amsterdam Law School, building REC A, room A7.23. Coffee, tea and water are available.

Immediately after the roundtable, the ACES theme group on Governing Europe will meet in the same room for their first group meeting.