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Law, Solidarity and the EU Crises


Since the Maastricht Treaty (1992), we have been witnessing a barrage of political interventions as well as scholarly debates and analyses aiming at identifying, exploring and addressing the causes and effects of the multiple crises generated by EU law and policy. These debates, discussions and disagreements concern problems central to the very constitution (in legal as well as sociological sense of the word) of the EU. These range from EU’s deteriorating representation, its legitimacy and democratic deficit as well as its failure in promoting an integration between states and citizens going beyond the mere economic aspects. These factors have then produced more specific situations of crises, such as the crisis of solidarity in the Eurozone, the so-called “migration crisis” and Brexit. Many of these pose fundamental problems to the endurance of the EU integration as a constitutional project – the best example of which is Brexit. Notwithstanding the intensive political debate and the academic research and theorizing, many of the factors and mechanisms which generated the array of EU crises continue to persist. Therefore, some have argued, political crises have become the normal state of affairs in the EU.

In light of the above, the aim of this workshop is to explore four wide but well-defined policy areas, i.e. migration, Brexit, labour mobility and social dialogue, as the backdrop against which a critical analysis of how EU institutions work can be conducted. By departing from concrete challenges to EU law and policy, and by paying special attention to the empirically discernible effects of different EU policies, we intend to contribute to the debate on the multiple crises of the EU by investigating the mechanisms through which crises (or at least critical issues) are produced and take form. Ultimately, this would throw new light on the causes of these crises and the institutional limits of EU in managing them.
In view of the current state of EU Law and policy research, the workshop also aims at bringing the existing research on the multiple crises of the EU into dialogue, while engaging with empirical accounts in greater detail.

Want to be in the audience?

Send your interest application to Ann-Christine Hartzén (ann-christine [dot] hartzen [at] lnu [dot] se) as soon as possible, 18 the latest. Since spots in the workshop are limited, members of the audience cannot be guaranteed lunch and dinner.


Workshop Program

Day 1
08.30 – 09.00 Welcome, Coffee/Sandwiches and Registration
09.00 – 09.30 Introduction to the Workshop

09.30 – 10.00 Distinguished Keynote:  Jörgen Hettne (Department of Business Law, Lund university) – ‘Asymmetrical Competencies – A Threat to Social Europe?’
10:00 – 10.30 Discussions

10.30 – 12.30 Stream One: Labour Mobility and Social Dumping
Chair: Andrea Iossa (Faculty of Law, Lund)
10.30 – 10.50 Tonia Novitz (University of Bristol Law School) – ‘Social sustainability and social dumping: An EU Perspective’
10.50 – 11.10 Antonio Lo Faro (Department of Law, University of Catania) – ‘Posting from a letterbox’’
11.10 – 11.30 Iris Goldner Lang (Faculty of Law, University of Zagreb) – ‘Social Dumping or Free Movement in the EU: When Workers Stay and Production Moves’
11.30 – 11.50 Petra Herzfeld-Olsson (Stockholm University) – ‘Migration status as a prohibited discriminatory ground’
11.50 – 12.30 Discussion

12.30 – 13.30 Lunch

13.30-14.00 Distinguished Keynote: Dan Wincott (Cardiff University) – ‘Constitutionalisms, ambiguities and essential contestation in a plurinational state:  UKExit, Great Britain and Northern Ireland’
14.00 – 14.30 Discussions

14.30 – 16.30 Stream Two: EU-exits
Chair: Reza Banakar (Faculty of Social Sciences, Lund)
14.30 – 14.50 Marina Kurkchiyan (Oxford Law Faculty, University of Oxford) – ‘Top down tornado or bottom up earthquake?’
14.50 – 15.10 Marc Hertogh (University of Groningen) – ‘Never Waste a Good Crisis: What Hungary and Poland Can Teach the Rest of Europe about the Rule of Law’
15.10 –15.30 Joxerramon Bengoetxea (UPV/EHU, University of the Basque Country) – ‘Connecting people, coalescing Member States’
15.30 – 15.50 Fotis Vergis (Manchester University, Law School) – ‘European dys-integration, popular disillusionment and Brexit: could ‘substantive constitutionalisation’ help win back minds and hearts?’  
15.50 – 16.30 Discussion

18.30 Dinner

Day 2

09.00 – 09.30 Coffee - refreshments

09.30 – 11.30 Stream Three: Migration and Asylum,
Chair: Eleni Karageorgiou (Faculty of Law, Lund)
09.30 – 09.50 Esin Kucuk (Law School, Lancaster University) – ‘Solidarity in refugee protection: The social limits of asylum law’
09.50 – 10.10 Antonios Kouroutakis (IE University Madrid) – ‘Brexit and the free movement of workers: what went wrong from an EU perspective?’
10.10 – 10.30 Peo Hansen (Linköping University) – ‘Refugee Reception or Welfare State Sustainability, or Both? Explaining Sound Finance’s Toxic Impact on Migration Politics and Policy in the European Union’
10.30 – 10.50 Thomas Spijkerboer (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam/Raoul Wallenberg Institute) – ‘”Migration emergency” in the case law of the European Courts’
10.50 – 11.30 Discussion

11.30 – 12.30 Lunch

12.30 – 14.30 Stream Four: Social Dialogue, Collective Bargaining and Governance
Chair: Ann-Christine Hartzén (Dept Accounting and Logistics, Linnaeus University)
12.30 – 12.50 Filip Dorssemont (Faculty of Law and Criminology, Catholic University Louvain) – ‘The EPSU case under scrutiny by the barking watch dog’
12.50 – 13.10 Sacha Garben (College of Europe) – ‘Collective Solidarity and Individual Dignity: Towards a new Narrative of European Integration’
13.10 – 13.30 Pieter Pecinovsky (Institute for Labour Law, KU Leuven) – ‘EU economic governance and the right to collective bargaining: problem of the past or recurring threat?’
13.30 – 13.50 Caroline Johansson (Uppsala University) – ‘The Swedish model for collective bargaining and trade union solidarity in Europe’
13.50 – 14.30 Discussion

14.30 –  15.00 Coffee break

15.00 – 15.30 Summing up and Final Discussions
Chair: Reza Banakar


2019-11-28 08:30 till 2019-11-29 15:30
Gamla Biskopshuset, Biskopsgatan 1, Lund
ann-christine.hartzen [at]

Om händelsen

2019-11-28 08:30 till 2019-11-29 15:30
Gamla Biskopshuset, Biskopsgatan 1, Lund
ann-christine.hartzen [at]

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Lunds universitet
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