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On the way to a European Constitution?

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Published on Wednesday, 25 April 2012

On 3 and 4 May 2012, the University’s Faculty of Law, Economics and Finance will host a conference with guest speakers from London, Berlin, Edinburgh, Bremen, Tilburg, Glasgow, Hong Kong and Luxembourg. Read on to find out about an event not-to-be-missed.

The Faculty of Law, Economics and Finance will host a free conference open to the public which will feature several international guest speakers discussing the rationale behind the European Union, the relationship between politics and law in constitutionalism, as well as the path towards an integrated Europe.  Please find the programme details below and contact Nadja Risch for more information and to register.

Thursday, 3 May 2012

4.00 pm Welcome coffee

4.30 pm Welcome of participants: Prof. André Prüm, Dean of the Faculty of Law, Economy and Finance, University of Luxembourg

4.45 pm Introduction of speakers: Johan van der Walt, University of Luxembourg

First Session

5.00 pm Reconfiguring the politics-law relationship in the integration project through conflicts-law

Constitutionalism, Michelle Everson, Birkbeck College, London

5.30 pm “Did Europe transform into a Großraum?” Christian Joerges, University of Bremen

6.00 pm Revisiting the rationale behind the European Union – the basis of European narratives today and tomorrow, Ulrich Preuß, Hertie School of Governance, Berlin

6.30 pm Open discussion


Friday, 4 May 2012

Second Session

10.00 am Revisiting the concept of the European constitution in view of current European financial crisis management, Neil Walker, University of Edinburgh

10.30 am On the way to an integrated European area of fundamental rights? Jörg Gerkrath, University of Luxembourg

11.00 am “Consequences of adding an administrative to the constitutional perspective of EU integration” Herwig Hofmann, University of Luxembourg

11.30 am Open discussion

12.15 am Lunch Break

Third Session

2.00 pm Towards a first-person plural account of legal order, Hans Lindahl, University of Tilburg

2.30 pm Associative obligations and the common good, Scott Veitch, University of Glasgow/Hong Kong

3.30 pm Constitutional pluralism and the European order, Emilios Christodoulidis, University of Glasgow

4.00 pm Open discussion

5.00 pm Closing of conference

Inaugural Lecture

6.00 pm “Timeo Danais Dona Ferre and the Constitution that Europeans may one day have given themselves” (Salle Tavenas, 102 avenue Pasteur, 2311 Luxembourg) Johan van der Walt, University of Luxembourg


The conference will be located at Faculty of Law, Economics and Finance, Bâtiment de Recherche C (2nd floor), 148, avenue de la Faïencerie, L-1511 Luxembourg.