Featuring Dr. Joseph Weiler (NYU) and Dr. Kalypso Nicolaïdis (via Zoom) (Oxford University, European University Institute). Moderated by Prof. Samuel Moyn (Yale University
Colloquium 1: Today’s Transformation of Europe
Prof. Weiler: “Is the Church of European Legal Integration facing a Reformation? Should It?”
Prof. Nicolaïdis: “The Peoples Imagined. Constituting a Democratic European Polity”
Event will be in person and on Zoom.
From Dr. Weiler:
“Is the Church of European Legal Integration facing a Reformation? Should It?”
The underlying theme of the presentation may be summarized as follows. The constitutional architecture of the European Union was laid down in the 60s and 70s of the last century primarily through a series of well-known landmark decisions of the Court of Justice of the European Union. This phase in the evolution of the Union is sometimes referred to as the Heroic Period. Those decisions were informed by a particular hermeneutic sensibility – the DNA of legal Europe. The Europe of today, is a much changed polity. To compare the 70 year old Union of today to the Europe of the Heroic Period is like comparing a 70 years old person with a 10 year old. And yet the same DNA still flows through the bloodstream of the much changed Union creating both a functional and normative mismatch.
J.H.H Weiler is University Professor at NYU School of Law and Senior Fellow at the Harvard Center for European Studies. He also serves as Co-Editor in Chief of EJIL, the European Journal of International Law and ICON, the International Journal of Constitutional Law.
From Dr. Nicolaïdis
“The Peoples Imagined. Constituting a Democratic European Polity”