In this joint ACELG-ACES lecture, visiting fellow Antoine Vauchez (Université Paris 1 Panthéon Sorbonne) will discuss the formation of an “independent branch” with special functional role in the advancement of the European project.
Scholars generally agree that “independent institutions” (from the CJEU to the ECB, EU regulatory agencies or even the Commission, etc.) have become an ubiquitous and pervasive feature of EU polity. Yet, we have failed so far to account for the deep entanglement between the notion of independence and that of general interest in the context of EU polity. As it tracks the legal and judicial history of the notion of independence in the EU, the paper suggests to consider the formation of an “independent branch” with special functional role in the advancement of the European project.
Antoine Vauchez is a CNRS Research Professor (Directeur de recherche) in political sociology and law at the Centre européen de sociologie et de science politique (Ehess - Université Paris 1-Sorbonne) and a Permanent Visiting professor at iCourts Research centre (Univ. of Copenhagen).
His research engages with the field of historical sociology, political sociology and critical sociology of law, researching extensively the interactions between forms of expertise, transnational knowledge communities and transnational politics with a particular emphasis on law, economics and European Union polity. He also focuses on issues connecting « law and politics », processes of « judicialization » and the transformation of Western States.
Recently, he has brought to an end a series of four books on law, politics and democracy in the European Union, a monograph providing a renewed narrative of Europe’s legal integration (Brokering Europe. Euro-lawyers and the Making of a Transnational Polity, Cambridge University Press, 2015 ; also available in French and in German), an edited volume on the transnational field of European law (with Bruno de Witte, Lawyering Europe. European Law as a Transnational Legal Field, Oxford, Hart, 2013), an essay Democratizing Europe (Seuil, 2014 ; Palgrave, 2015, Hamburger Verlag, 2016) and an intervention book with Thomas Piketty, Stéphanie Hennette and Guillaume Sacriste : Pour un traité de démocratisation de l’Europe (Seuil, 2017) which has been translated in nine languages.
His last book Sphère publique, intérêts privés. Enquête sur un grand brouillage (Presses de Sciences Po, 2017), provisionally entitled Neoliberalism, French Way Corporate Lawyers, Technocrats and the Rise of the ‘Public-Private’ State.