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European Constitutionalism, Crisis and the Security of the European Project - ACELG - University of Amsterdam

datum 25 februari 2019 15:30 - 17:00
plaats Amsterdam
locatie Amsterdam School of Law, building REC A, room A3.01 Toon locatie
organisatie Universiteit van Amsterdam (UvA)

Massimo Fichera (University of Helsinki) will present his book 'The Foundations of the EU as a Polity' in which he provides an account of European integration as a process shaped by security and fundamental rights as discourses of power.



25 February 2019


15:30 - 17:00


In his book 'The Foundations of the EU as a Polity' Massimo Fichera provides an account of European integration as a process completed by the creation of the Area of Freedom, Security and Justice. The study builds upon a demonstration of how European constitutionalism has been informed by security as a meta-constitutional rationale. Security is viewed not traditionally, but in broad terms, as a sort of raison d'état, which inspires European integration and yet is characterised by tensions and contradictions that are inherent to European constitutionalism.

This conceptual framework is employed to analyse the development of the EU as a polity and, in particular, significant recent crises and issues related to the Eurozone, refugees, the rule of law, Brexit and constitutional identity. These events are not only recognised as being political shocks, but more meaningful and long-lasting occurrences which have had, and will continue to have, a deep impact on the development of the EU as a legal and political system. In light of this, the variety of crises that have recently affected the EU are discussed with thought given to their impact as an interlinking whole.

The Speaker

Massimo Fichera is Academy of Finland Research Fellow and Professor of EU Law at the Faculty of Law, University of Helsinki. Prior to this position, he was, at the same University, Lecturer of European Studies in the Network for European Studies and, previously, Post-Doctoral Researcher at the Academy of Finland project on ’The Many Constitutions’ led by prof. Kaarlo Tuori. He holds a PhD in Law (University of Edinburgh, UK) and a Master in International Affairs (ISPI, Milan, Italy). His research and teaching interests lie in the area of constitutional theory and EU Law, in particular the interplay between EU and international law. He is also interested in the notion of transnational law and in the discipline of comparative constitutional law.


The lecture will take place from 15.30 - 17.00 hrs at the Amsterdam School of Law, building REC A, room A3.01, Nieuwe Achtergracht 166, Amsterdam.


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