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Thursday 27 April 2017

Trade Agreements, Regulatory Sovereignty and Democratic Legitimacy
A special talk organised by the UCL Centre for Law and Governance in Europe

Speaker: Professor Charles Sabel, Columbia Law School
Chair: Professor Piet Eeckhout, UCL Laws

About the talk
Governments increasingly are using bilateral and regional trade agreements to reduce the cost-increasing effects of differences in product market regulation. They also pursue regulatory cooperation independent of trade agreements. An important question in this regard is to understand what in fact is being done through bilateral or plurilateral mechanisms to address regulatory differences, and what, if any, the potential role is of trade agreements in supporting regulatory cooperation. This paper reflected on experience to date in regulatory cooperation and the provisions of recent trade agreements involving Canada, the EU and the US – advanced economies that have included regulatory cooperation in trade agreements with each other. We argued for a re-thinking by trade officials of the modalities and design of trade negotiations and the incorporation of institutional mechanisms into trade agreements that draw on insights of experimentalist governance approaches to enhance the scope for regulatory cooperation. This need not be limited to bilateral trade agreements; elements of such mechanisms can also be adopted at the multilateral (WTO) level.

About the speaker
Charles F. Sabel is the Maurice T. Moore Professor of Law and Social Science at Columbia Law School, a post he has held since 1995. He was formerly the Ford International Professor of Social Science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. His most recent publications include Contract and Innovation: The Limited Role of Generalist Courts in the Evolution of Novel Contractual Forms, with Ronald J. Gilson and Robert E. Scott (New York University Law Review), New Modes of Pluralist Global Governance, with Gráinne de Búrca and Robert O. Keohane (Journal of International Law and Politics), Rethinking the Street-Level Bureaucrat: Tacit and Deliberate Ways Organizations Can Learn (Economy in Society: essays in honor of Michael J. Piore, MIT Press: 113-142), Dewey, Democracy and Democratic Experimentalism (Contemporary Pragmatism, Vol. 9, No. 2, 2012), and Experimentalism in the EU: Common ground and persistent differences, with Jonathan Zeitlin, (Regulation & Governance, Vol. 6, 2012, pp. 410 – 426).

Wednesday 31 October 2013

UCL Britain and Europe Lecture Series
Symposium on "An International Bill of Rights of Man: Where Next?"

Discussants: Sir Elihu Lauterpacht QC CBE; and contributions from Lord Faulks QC (1 Chancery Lane); Baroness Helena Kennedy of the Shaws QC (Labour Member, House of Lords); Lord McNally (Minister of State at the Ministry of Justice, and Deputy Leader of the House of Lords) and Stuart Wheeler (Treasurer, United Kingdom Independence Party)
Chair: Professor Philippe Sands QC (UCL / Matrix Chambers)

UCL hosted the symposium on the occasion of the re-publication of Hersch Lauterpacht's An International Bill of Rights of Man, with an introduction by Professor Philippe Sands, UCL, published by Oxford University Press.

Wednesday 27 November 2013

UCL Britain and Europe Lecture Series
The Single Market and Liberalisation, Harmonisation and Mutual Recognition. Time to Rethink the Balance of Competences between the EU and the Member States?

Speakers: Professor Kenneth Armstrong (University of Cambridge); Professor Kalypso Nicolaidis (University of Oxford) and Professor Stephen Weatherill (University of Oxford)
Chair: Dr Ioannis Lianos, Reader in Economics and Competition Law, UCL

The establishment of a (single) internal market has been a major ambition and one of the most important achievements of the project of European integration. The interplay of the principles of market liberalisation, harmonization and mutual recognition, has been an essential feature of the European Internal Market law and policy. The recent financial and economic crisis may have tested some of the achievements of the European integration project although this has not yet led to a resurgence of the protectionist policies of the past. The economic and social crisis that followed raises questions over the costs and benefits for each jurisdiction of the Single Market, in particular because of the important trade imbalances between Member States of the EU, some of which enjoy a significant trade surplus, while others record trade deficits. The panel will delve into these governance aspects of the Single Market project and their underlying politics. It will also discuss the findings and proposals of the recent Single Market Report – Review of the Balance of Competences, released in July 2013 by the British Government, which examines the balance of competences between the European Union and the United Kingdom in the area of the Single Market and explores the impact of the Single Market on the UK national interest.

Tuesday 23 April 2013

UCL Centre for Law and Governance in Europe Symposium
The Melloni and Åkerberg Fransson judgments: The incoming tide of the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights?

Speakers: Prof Piet Eeckhout (UCL Laws); Dr Clemens Ladenburger (EU Commission Legal Service); Prof Aida Torres Pérez (Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona) and Prof Takis Tridimas (Queen Mary, University of London)
Chair: Lord Hughes of Ombersley (UK Supreme Court)

The aim of the symposium is to explore the recent landmark judgments of the EU Court of Justice in Case C-399/11 Stefano Melloni and Case C-617/10 Åkerberg Fransson (26 February 2013). The judgments make important statements about the scope, meaning and effect of the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights.

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14 December 2010

Hot Topics in EU Law series
Europe and the Challenge of the Economic and Financial Crises: Lessons and Implications for Reform

Speaker: Prof. Loukas Tsoukalis (Special Adviser to the President of the European Commission; Jean Monnet Professor of European Organisation, University of Athens; President, Hellenic Foundation for European and Foreign Policy (ELIAMEP), Professor College of Europe, Bruges)

About this lecture
The financial crisis, and the ensuing economic recession, have undoubtedly triggered a reality check in a number of national and supranational policy making institutions and regulations. The EU has been no exception. Just months after the ratification and entry into force of the Lisbon Treaty, heralded in some quarters as the best way to prepare for the challenges of the 21st century (EUInsight, 2009), there are renewed calls for political and institutional reforms for a Union that is visibly struggling in safely navigating all its components out of the recessions tumultuous waters. The recent financial crisis has also exposed the limits of fiscal and economic policy integration in the eurozone and raised questions about the role and future of the euro.

Especially since the Greek bail-out in May 2010, suggestions have ranged from bold calls for the EU to implement institutional reforms, including the necessary fiscal framework, that should have been made when the euro was launched (Stiglitz, 2010), to suggestions in favour of the creation of a European Monetary Fund (Schäuble 2010), to more modest proposals for a permanent and robust framework for crisis management (Barroso, 2010). At the same time, the European Commission and a number of Member States explore the possibility of a drastic reform of the regulation of banks and other financial institutions. It is clear that the global economic recession, and its regional repercussions in Europe, have triggered a renewed appetite for further reform of the European project. What is less clear is what type of reforms are necessary to address the emerging economic and political challenges, which actors ought to be involved, what mix of supranational and intergovernmental responses will be needed, and, ultimately, what sort of Europe will emerge from the current crisis.

The lecture seeks to explore precisely the aforementioned questions and offer original and interdisciplinary perspectives on what is a constantly evolving debate.

13 December 2010

Hot Topics in EU Law series
Citizenship in the EU. Contrasting Dynamics at the Interface of Integration and Constitutionalism

Speaker: Prof. Jo Shaw (Salvesen Chair of European Institutions, Dean of Research and Deputy Head, College of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Edinburgh)
Chair: Dr. Ioannis Lianos (UCL)
25 October 2010

The EU After Lisbon Debate

Moderator: David Rennie (Journalist, The Economist)
Timothy Kirkhope (Member of the European Parliament, Leader of the Conservatives in the European Parliament)
Claude Moraes (Member of the European Parliament, Deputy Leader of the Labour Party in Europe)
Andrew Duff (Member of the European Parliament, Alliance of Liberals and Democrats in Europe, spokesman on constitutional affairs)
Gabi Zimmer, (Member of the European Parliament, Confederal Group of the European United Left - Nordic Green Left)

About the debate:
Almost a year after the entry into force of the Treaty of Lisbon, 6 months after the general election in the UK, and in view of the current budget/economic crisis it is time to discuss the future (and the finality) of the European Union project. Was Lisbon the end of European integration? Is it time to transfer certain powers back to the Member States? Should the EU rather change its focus away from market integration and free trade towards a more socially just and equal Europe?

The EU After Lisbon debate was introduced by Sir Stephen Wall (Chair, UCL Council, Vice-Chair, Business for New Europe, former UK permanent representative to the EU) and was moderated by seasoned journalist David Rennie of The Economist. After initial statements from each MEP, the debate opened to the public for questions.

Dr. Tobias Lock, Lecturer at UCL Laws and Co-Director of UCL's Centre for Law and Governance in Europe said: "MEPs are usually less restrained by daily political pressures than their national counterparts. I am therefore confident that the debate revealed their parties' true visions about the future of the EU and the UK's involvement in it."

Dr. Ioannis Lianos, Reader in European and Competition Law, and Dr. Nicola Countouris, Lecturer, both co-Directors of the CLGE added: "This debate is part of the CLGE's effort to promote a deep and continuous interaction between decision-makers, researchers and students of EU law and politics, as well as to promote the wider public's awareness of issues relating to European integration. It also illustrates UCL's increasing engagement to the interdisciplinary study of the different dimensions of the European project and Europe in general, in the context of the newly established European Institute at UCL".

18 January 2010 -
28 April 2010

Hot Topics in EU Law lecture series

"EU after Lisbon"

Professor Paul Craig FBA (St John’s College, University of Oxford) The Treaty of Lisbon and the Changing Architecture of the EuropeanUnion
18 January 2010, JZ Young, 6 pm - Introduced by Mrs Olga Thomas  

Professor Takis Tridimas (Queen Mary) The Lisbon Treaty and the expanding EU competences
9 February 2010, JZ Young, 6 pm - Introduced by Dr Ioannis Lianos  

Professor Damian Chalmers (LSE) Lisbon and the Recovery of Representative Democracy
23 February 2010, Chemistry LT, 6 pm - Introduced by Professor Richard Rawlings  

Professor Aileen McColgan (KCL) The EU Charter of Fundamental Rights and the ECHR
5 March 2010, Cruciform Lecture Theatre 2, 6 pm - Introduced by Dr Diamond Ashiagbor  

Dr Eleanor Spaventa (Durham) Free movement of persons and the Lisbon Treaty
8 March 2010, UCL Laws Moot Court, 1-2 pm - Introduced by Dr Nicola Countouris  

Claude Moraes MEP (Vice-Chairman of LIBE Committee) Immigration and the EU after the Lisbon Treaty
12 March, UCL Laws Moot Court, 1-2 pm - Introduced by Dr Ingrid Boccardi  

Professor Nikiforos Diamantouros (The European Ombudsman) The European Ombudsman and Good Administration Post-Lisbon
19 March 2010, UCL Laws Moot Court, 6 pm - Introduced by Professor Joanne Scott

Professor Panos Koutrakos ( University of Bristol) Foreign Affairs and Security Policy after Lisbon
28 April, UCL Laws Moot Court, 1-2 pm - Introduced by Tobias Lock

15 February 2010

1st Annual International Concurrences conference

New Frontiers of Antitrust


Speakers include:

  • Daniel FASQUELLE (Member of Parliament, Professor of Law)
  • Fédéric JENNY (Judge at the Cour de Cassation, Paris President of the International Committee of Concurrences Professor of economics, Co-Director Centre Européen de Droit et d’Economie, ESSEC)
  • Bruno LASSERRE (President of the Autorité de la concurrence, Paris)
  • Peter FREEMAN (Chairman of the Competition Commission, London)
  • Nadia CALVINO (Deputy Director General, DG Competition, European Commission, Brussels)
  • Nicolas PETIT (Lecturer, IEJE Co-Director, Liège University)
  • Iann FORRESTER QC (White & Case LLP, Brussels)
  • Christine VARNEY (Assistant Attorney General, Antitrust Division, Department of Justice)
  • John FINGLETON (Chief Executive at the Office of Fair Trading, London)
  • Allan FELS (Former Chairman of the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission)
  • Mark AMSTRONG (Professor of Economics, Director of ELSE, UCL)
  • Jorge PADILLA (Managing Director, LECG, Madrid)
  • Laurence IDOT (Professor of Law at University Paris II Panthéon-Assas President of the Scientific Committee of Concurrences)
  • Bo VESTERDORF (Former President of the Tribunal of First Instance of the EC)
  • Wouter WILS (Legal service, European Commission, Brussels - Visiting Professor KCL)
  • John M. CONNOR (Professor of Economics, Purdue University, USA)
  • Antoine WINCKLER (Avocat, Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP, Brussels-Paris)
  • William E. KOVACIC (Commissioner, Federal Trade Commission, Washington)
20 - 21 November 2009

University of Wisconsin, USA
Transatlantic Conference on New Governance and the Transformation of Law
The Conference is organized by a Transatlantic Steering Committee chaired by Professors Joanne Scott (University College London) and Louise Trubek (University of Wisconsin).

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26 October 2009

lecture with the International Law Association and WTO Scholars' Forum

WTO: The Appellate Body and Its Hermeneutics: How Long Will Its "Infant's Disease" Last?

Speaker: Professor Joseph Weiler (NYU School of Law)

30 June & 1 July 2009

Modern Law Review seminar

The Regulation of Trade in Services in the European Internal Market: Trust, Distrust and Economic Integration

Project Leaders:
  • Dr. Ioannis Lianos (UCL)
  • Dr. Okeoghene Odudu (Cambridge)
21 May 2009 EU Governance of Biotechnology - Regulatory Dilemmas for the EU and
National Authorities

Speaker: Patrycja Dabrowska
12 November 2008 The Outer Limits of the Freedom to Provide Services in the EC

Speaker: Vassilis Hatzopoulos (Ph.D, University of Strasbourg, LL.M, Cambridge University Assistant Professor, Democritus University of Thrace and Visiting Professor, College of Europe, Bruges)
Chair: Dr Diamond Ashiagbor (UCL)
11 July 2008 Recent Developments in People's Republic of China Anti-Monopoly Law

Speaker: Professor Thomas Cheng (Faculty of Law, University of Hong Kong)

6 May 2008

Howrey lecture

The Role of Economic Analysis in Intellectual Property Law: Implications for Competition Law

Speaker: Professor Bruno van Pottelsberghe de la Potterie (Free University of Brussels, Chief Economist, European Patent Office)
Chair: Professor Michael Meurer (Boston University School of Law)

28 April 2008

The Principle of Effectiveness in EC Law

Speaker: Dr Paolisa Nebbia (University of Leicester)

11 March 2008 International Cross-Border Mergers

Speaker: Dr. Ariel Ezrachi (University of Oxford)
5 March 2008 Microsoft and the Future of Article 82

Speaker: Ian Forrester QC (White & Case, Brussels)
3 March 2008 The Constitutional Treaty and the Lisbon Treaty: Reflections on the Process and Substance of Treaty Reform

Speaker: Professor Paul Craig (University of Oxford)

29 February 2008


The Principle of Procedural Autonomy in EU Law

Introduction: Dr. Ioannis Lianos (UCL)
Chair: Professor Sir Hugh Laddie QC/ Lord Neuberger
President Vassilios Skouris (European Court of Justice)
President Gerald Barling QC (Competition Appeal Tribunal, UK)

About the seminar:
The seminar focused on the duty of loyal cooperation of national judges under article 10 EC and the ways in which the Court is balancing this duty with the procedural autonomy of Member States. The seminar first examined the principle of national procedural autonomy and the duty of loyal cooperation separately in an attempt to define their respective substantive content. The speakers then brilliantly outlined the specific duties and obligations of national judges in the application of Community law as they result from the ECJ's classic case-law (duty to set aside conflicting national provisions, duty to provide a consistent interpretation of national law with community law wherever that is possible, duty to ensure that private individuals may bring a damages claim on account of a Member State's breach of EC law...). The examined some recent ECJ judgments in which the balancing exercise between the duty of loyal co-operation and the national procedural autonomy has proven to be quite delicate and has attracted much attention from academics, lawyers and judges all over Europe. The event was a great success (more than 80 participants attending) and it was followed by a reception in the Keeton room, Faculty of Laws.

27 February 2008 The Influence of Ordoliberalism in the Application of Article 82 EC

Speaker: Dr. Liza Lovdahl Gormsen (Competition Policy Centre, UEA)
20 February 2008 The GlaxoSmithKline Case: Parallel Imports of Pharmaceuticals and EC Competition Law

Speaker: Dr. Assimakis Komninos (White & Case, Brussels)
18 February 2008 The Politics of Reason and Reasons for Politics – EU Government and the Fundamental Rights Agency

Speaker: Professor Damian Chalmers (London School of Economics and Political Science)
7 February 2008 Refusal to License IP: Are We Closer to an Optimal Legal Standard after Microsoft v. Commission?

Speaker: Professor Yannis Katsoulacos (Department of Economic Science of the Athens University of Economics and Business)
5 February 2008 Judicial Review in Merger Control

Speaker: Kyriakos Fountoukakos (Herbert Smith, Brussels-London)
28 January 2008 Constitutionalism and Governance After Lisbon

Speaker: Professor Kenneth Armstrong (Queen Mary University, London)
29 January 2008 European Constitutionalism beyond 'Strong Statism'

Speaker: Dr. Michael Wilkinson (LSE )
14 January 2008 The End of Judicial Constitutionalisation?

Speaker: Dr. Joanne Hunt (Cardiff University)
10 January 2008 The Linkage of International Trade and Competition

Speaker: Professor Frederic Jenny (Cour de Cassation, Office of Fair Trading)
10 December 2007 10 Years After Article 13 EC: Time for a New Generation of European Equality Law?

Speaker: Professor Mark Bell (University of Leicester)
Chair: Colm O'Cinneide (UCL)


EU Law and Governance Lecture series - 2006-2007 programme
6 June 2007 The Single Market 20 years on

Speaker: Alastair Sutton (Partner, White & Case LLP (Brussels) & Visiting Professor, UCL)

About the speaker:
Mr Sutton worked for the European Commission for 16 years, and served as a EU trade negotiator (GATT/WTO). His practice at White & Case focuses on EU "single market" law, competition and state aids, intellectual property, the free movement of goods, financial services, direct and indirect tax, and monetary law.

20 February 2007

Professor Claire Kilpatrick (London School of Economics)

8 February 2007
The Concept of Market Access in Trade Law

Speaker: Professor Petros Mavroidis (Edwin B. Parker Professor of Foreign & Comparative Law, University of Columbia School of Law and Professor of International Economic Law at the University of Neuchatel)
30 January 2007
The Current Legal Framework on the Right to Seek Healthcare Abroad in the European Union

Speaker: Professor Tamara Hervey (University of Nottingham)
23 January 2007
Speaker: Professor Stephen Weatherill (University of Oxford)


Competition Law Enforcement in a Global Context Speaker series - programme 2006-2007

Date and Location



6 March 2007
Kyriakos Fountoukakos (Herbert Smith) Judicial review in EC Merger Control
22 February 2007
Simon Pritchard (OFT)
Ioannis Kokkoris (OFT )
Competition Issues in Stock Exchange Mergers
2 February 2007
Frédéric Jenny (Cour de Cassation, UCL) International Cartels and the Internationalization of Competition Law and Policy
18 January 2007 Aidan Robertson (Brick Court Chambers) Claims for Damages in Cartel Cases: The Vitamins Cases in the UK
9 January 2007 Iestyn Williams (RBB Economics) The Approach to Dominant Firm Rebates under Article 82 EC


Past colloquia/workshops
26 July 2007 Series on New Governance, Regulation, and the Law

in conjunction with the Berlin 2007 International Conference

Humboldt University, Berlin, Germany

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1 & 2 June 2007 The Reform of EC and Greek Competition Law

Project leader: Dr. Ioannis Lianos (UCL)
co-organized with the Athens Bar Association, the Athens University of Economics and Business and the Jevons Institute of Competition Law and Economics

Athens, National Bank of Greece

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May 2006

Law and New Approaches to Governance

Project leader: Professor Joanne Scott (UCL)

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In May 2006 the Centre hosted a workshop on Law, Constitutionalism and New Governance in the EU, co-organized by Joanne Scott, Grainne de Burca and Dave Trubek..
This formed part of a broader Framework 6 project on new modes of governance, see: http://www.eu-newgov.org/
At this time a public roundtable discussion on the theme of law and new approaches to governance will also be held.

Participants included scholars in the UCL Centre for Law and Governance in Europe, and others, including Kenneth Armstrong (QMUL), Claire Kilpatrick (Cambridge), Louise Trubek (Madison Wisconsin), Neil Walker (EUI), and colleagues from Columbia Law School. The meeting brought together the legal task force of the project, and members of other groups and other disciplines.

The May 2006 meeting formed the third stage in a broader project on Law and New Approaches to Governance in the EU and US. The first stage resulted in the publication of a special issue of the European Law Journal (March 2002). For the introduction go to:

The second stage was comparative in nature and will lead, in 2006, to the publication of an edited volume (co-editors Grainne de Burca and Joanne Scott, Hart Publishing) examining ‘Law and New Approaches to Governance in the EU and the US’. The table of contents and introduction to this volume, and the chapter by Joanne Scott and Jane Holder, are available here: