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.
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
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).
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
Dr. Ioannis Lianos (UCL)
Dr. Okeoghene Odudu (Cambridge)
21 May 2009
EU Governance of Biotechnology - Regulatory Dilemmas for the EU and
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
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)
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
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
Current Legal Framework on the Right to Seek Healthcare Abroad in the European
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
26 July 2007
Series on New Governance, Regulation, and the Law
in conjunction with the Berlin 2007 International Conference
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: http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=312488
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: