Workshop

European Constitutional Pluralism and the Constitution of the Union

WP 2 - Constitutional politics 

WP 2 events

Madrid, 10-11 November 2011

 

Venue:  Center for Political and Constitutional Studies (CEPC), Plaza de la Marina Española, 9

Organised by Carlos Closa, Spanish National Research Council (CSIC), Madrid

 

Workshop summary (D68) (pdf)

 

This is the concluding workshop of RECON's work package 2, which deals with (a) the constitutionalisation of the EU, (b) the Europeanisation of national constitutions, and (c) comparisons of constitutionalism in the EU and in other selected entities.

This broad agenda has been pinned down to five related lines of research: First, the assessment of established constitutional theories of European integration; second, the reconstruction of European constitutional practice; third, the analysis of constitutional adaptations at the national level; fourth, the comparative analysis of national ratification processes; and fifth, the examination of the prospects for supranational democracy in Europe by studying the constitutionalisation of the EU.

Read more in the workshop outline.

Taken together this research endeavour provides necessary input to the assessment of how constitutional factors respectively increase or decrease the democratic legitimacy of the supranational and the national levels in relation to each of the RECON conceptions of democracy, and to the task of determining which RECON conception European constitutional practice speaks to and how well the processes and the results reflect democratic requirements.

Read more on the research objectives of WP 2  and on the overall research objectives of RECON.


Programme (download)


Thursday 10 November 2011


10:30-11:15

Registration

11:15-11:30

Opening remarks

First session: Theorising EU constitutionalism

11:30-12:00 The theory of constitutional synthesis: A constitutional theory for a democratic European Union

John Erik Fossum, ARENA, University of Oslo, and Agustín José Menéndez, University of León

12:00-12:30

Conflicting constitutional laws and constitutional pluralism in an assymetric world
Rainer Nickel, Johann Wolfgang Goethe University Frankfurt

12:30-13:00

Discussant: Paul Blokker, University of Trento

13:00-13:30

Debate

Second session: EU democracy and the Lisbon Treaty changes

16:00-16:30

National parliaments in the European security policy: Governments' allies, independent players or transnationally networked actors?
Aleksandra Maatsch, CEuS, University of Bremen

16:30-17:00

Problems of compound representation after Lisbon
Christopher Lord, ARENA, University of Oslo

17:00-17:30

Discussant: Ulrike Liebert, CEuS, University of Bremen

17:30-18:00

Debate

 

 

Friday, 11 November 2011


Third session: Constitutional reform or treaty change?

10:00-10:30

Unanimity: On the legitimacy of a locking rule
Carlos Closa, Spanish National Research Council (CSIC)

10:30-11:00

Can the EU referendum genie be put back in the bottle?
Ben Crum, VU Amsterdam, and Saskia Hollander, Radboud University Nijmegen

11:30-12:00

Discussant: Bruno de Witte, University of Maastricht

12:00-12:30

Debate

12:30-13:00

Closing panel

 

 

For more information, please contact Carlos Closa, CSIC (carlos.closa[at]cchs.csic.es)