December 5, 2016

Announcing NYU Global Fellowships for the 2017-2018 Academic Year


Our colleagues at the Jean Monnet Center for International and Regional Economic Law & Justice at NYU School of Law have asked us to forward the fellowship announcements below. They fall into three broad categories: the Emile Noël Fellowship Program, the Global Fellows Program, and the Visiting Doctoral Researcher Program. Overviews of the three programs are provided below and more details are available below the fold. Questions about the Global Fellows Program should be directed to: law.globalvisitors@nyu.edu. Questions about the Emile Noël Fellowships should be directed to: JeanMonnet@nyu.edu. Questions about the Visiting Doctoral Researcher Program should be directed to: jsdcoordinator@nyu.edu

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Deadline: January 17, 2017

The principal objective of the Emile Noël Fellowship program is scholarship and the advancement of research on the themes prioritized by the Jean Monnet Center for International and Regional Economic Law & Justice, which include the following overarching areas: European Integration, general issues of International (principally WTO), and Regional Economic Law and Justice and Comparative Constitutional Law. The expectation is that the residency of our Fellows at NYU School of Law will result in at least one paper that will be of sufficient quality to be published as a Jean Monnet Working Paper. During the period of residence, we encourage our Fellows to participate fully in the life of the Law School and of NYU in general, not to mention the endless possibilities that New York City has to offer. The Fellows will be expected to play an active role in the activities of the Center, particularly the Emile Noël Fellows Forum, which is the vehicle through which work is presented and discussed, and encapsulates the idea of the Program – the University as a community of scholars. The Forum takes place on a regular basis throughout the fall and spring semesters.

Deadline: January 17, 2017                  

The Global Fellows Program offers an opportunity for academics, practitioners, government officials and post-doctoral scholars from around the world to spend a semester or academic year in residence at NYU School of Law.  The principal objective of the Global Fellows Program is the production of scholarship through the advancement of research. We have a notable history of hosting distinguished scholars, judges, lawyers and government officials who wish to spend time advancing their scholarship and engaging in the intellectual life of the Law School.  Fellows are welcome to participate in academic activities such as fora, lectures, colloquia, seminars and conferences. They are also invited to various social events, including some organized specifically for Global Fellows and others aimed at the broader community.

Through the Global Fellows Forums, Global Fellows share their research with colleagues, students and faculty and receive comment and feedback.  In this way, they contribute to the intellectual life of the Law School and provide an opportunity for the community to learn about current law research from a global perspective and in a wide range of topics.  The primary goal of the Global Fellows Program is the enhancement of research and it is expected that participation in the Program will result in a substantial publishable piece of scholarship.

In recent years, we have introduced a specialized post-doctoral programming component designed especially for our Post-Doctoral Global Fellows (fellows who have attained their doctoral degrees within the past four years and who have not yet secured a tenure-track academic appointment at an institution), in partnership with the JSD program, to provide opportunities for the exploration of methodological questions in legal research and for participating in workshops where works-in-progress may be presented.

Deadline: February 15, 2017

Visiting Doctoral Researchers are doctoral candidates enrolled in a doctoral degree program at another institution abroad who wish to benefit from spending one year of their research at NYU School of Law. They will be fully integrated into the JSD program as far as is relevant. The JSD program invites approximately five to six Visiting Doctoral Researchers each academic year to contribute to the Visiting Doctoral Researcher position.

The Visiting Doctoral Researchers are actively integrated into the Law School community through various academic and social programs, including an invitation to participate in the JSD Colloquium where they may present their research.

More details below the fold

November 27, 2016

Mental Health Break: Nicolaïdis on the "Chaotic Grace" of New York City

In this age of Trump, we need diversions. Network member Kalypso Nicolaïdis (Oxford) offers us some in her recent post on openDemocracy, entitled "Walking the grid of freedom." This piece provides some (appropriately transatlantic) reflections on the great walking city that is New York, along with some wonderful evocative photographs. Below is a taste, while the remainder can be read here. Enjoy.

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... I now know that avenues are not endless. At least not all of them. Park ends on Union Square, Fifth on Washington Square and Lexington on Gramercy Park. Or that this may not be such a straightforward proposition after all. Do they really end, or simply transform, change their name but not their identity, to live another life, re-gendered on the other side? After all, and after Union Square, University Place is really Broadway and Broadway may as well be Park. Or do they carry their flow underground taking their passengers under the deep blue sea? In Paris, we used to believe that the Boul’ Mich went all the way to the Mediterranean, sous les pavé la plage as they said in 68. Perhaps Park twists and turns all the way there too.

And I now know that buildings are not nameless. That the dazzling twin-towered buildings on Central Park West – the Century, the Majestic, the San Remo, the Beresford, the Eldorado – were all erected during the Great Depression on top of smaller handsome namesakes, old wealth pioneers of the upper grid two or three generations earlier. By the late 1920s, the name of the game had changed, the time had come to worship and appease new material gods. 80 years later, I float mesmerised on Central Park’s Lake below, oblivious to my kids’ antics. I now see it with absolute clarity. Gaudi’s descendants may still be labouring over the Sagrada Familia conceived at the same time back in Barcelona, but these buildings on the Park grew in the blink of an eye, America’s version of the same idea, living structures turned into secular cathedrals for the likes of Bono and Jobs, monstres sacrés whose quarters could be no other than these, boldly magnificent, awe inspiring Notre Dames on the Park.

My New York is grand and vain, like an endearing old lady hiding behind her grandchildren and scores of elegant scaffolding. Venice may be sinking, Istanbul spinning, Beijing rising, Rio dancing, London globalising, Paris greying, but New York who grew beautiful by mistake is aging with chaotic grace. Freed. 

November 9, 2016

Maciej Kisilowski on Central Europe’s Strategy in the Age of Trump

Network member Maciej Kisilowski (CEU) has alerted us to his timely new post on Euractiv.com, entitled Central Europe’s Strategy in the Age of Trump. The first three paragraphs are below and the remainder can be read here.

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The United States has just elected Donald Trump, the candidate who openly questioned the future of NATO and the need to honour America’s commitments to its allies, who publicly complimented leadership skills of Vladimir Putin and Kim Jong-un. With Brexit and the rise of right-wing parties ahead of the Austrian, Italian, French, Dutch and German ballots, our Western allies seem poised to venture into the “Trump Age.”

Too many times in Central Europe’s history, our elites, consumed by internal infighting, were surprised by a rapid deterioration of the international environment. We should not repeat that mistake.

While we must continue to defend the historically beneficial transatlantic order, we should also prepare our governmental institutions for the eventuality of that order weakening significantly or even disintegrating completely. [continue reading here]

October 31, 2016

Will Phelan Wins 2016 Book Prize of the Political Studies Association of Ireland



 We are very pleased to pass on the news that network member Will Phelan (Trinity College Dublin) has been awarded the 2016 Brian Farrell Book Prize by the Political Studies Association of Ireland for the best book published in political science by a PSAI member in 2015. He won the award for In Place of Inter-State Retaliation: The European Union's Rejection of WTO-style Trade Sanctions and Trade Remedies (OUP). Congratulations Will! For those interested, the publisher's blurb is below and more information can be found here.

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Unlike many other trade regimes, the European Union forbids the use of inter-state retaliation to enforce its obligations, and rules out the use of common 'escape' mechanisms such as anti-dumping between the EU member states. How does the EU do without these mechanisms that appear so vital to the political viability of other international trade regimes, including the World Trade Organization? How, therefore, is the European legal order, with the European Court of Justice at its centre, able to be so much more binding and intrusive than the legal obligations of many other trade regimes?

This book puts forward a new explanation of a key part of the European Union's legal system, emphasising its break with the inter-state retaliation mechanisms and how Europe's special form of legal integration is facilitated by intra-industry trade, parliamentary forms of national government, and European welfare states.

It argues first that the EU member states have allowed the enforcement of EU obligations by domestic courts in order to avoid the problems associated with enforcing trade obligations by constant threats of trade retaliation. It argues second that the EU member states have been able to accept such a binding form of dispute settlement and treaty obligation because the policy adjustments required by the European legal order were politically acceptable. High levels of intra-industry trade reduced the severity of the economic adjustments required by the expansion of the European market, and inclusive and authoritative democratic institutions in the member states allowed policy-makers to prioritise a general interest in reliable trading relationships even when policy changes affected significant domestic lobbies. Furthermore, generous national social security arrangements protected national constituents against any adverse consequences arising from the expansion of European law and the intensification of the European market.

The European legal order should therefore be understood as a legalized dispute resolution institution well suited to an international trade and integration regime made up of highly interdependent parliamentary welfare states.

October 19, 2016

Welcome to the blogosphere: "EU Law Enforcement" -- the blog of the Utrecht Centre for Regulation and Enforcement in Europe (RENFORCE)

We are delighted to pass on the news from our friends at the Utrecht Centre for Regulation and Enforcement in Europe (RENFORCE) that they have a new blog: EU Law Enforcement. Below is the announcement received from Mira Scholten (Utrecht), co-editor of the blog, along with an invitation to read the first post.

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I am happy to announce the creation of our new blog - http://eulawenforcement.com/ - and its first blog post ‘Mind the trend! Direct enforcement of EU law and policies is moving to ‘Brussels’’ (http://eulawenforcement.com/?p=30#more-30).

Our aim is to establish a point for gathering information on and discussion of the new trend of proliferation of EU enforcement authorities and implications that they bring along. Each month we will publish a blog post written by an academic expert in the field, practitioner, representative of a civil society organization, etc. If you are interested to contribute or if you have (know of) a relevant publication/activity in the field, please, let me know!


The number of EU entities acquiring direct enforcement powers has grown from one to eight recently. The first post of this blog puts on the map and raises awareness of an ongoing development in the EU law and governance – proliferation of EU enforcement authorities (EEAs) – which so far has been unnoticed. The aim is to launch a discussion of the aims, means and challenges of this development to understand and contribute to shaping of effective and secure law enforcement in the EU.

October 15, 2016

Antoine Vauchez on the Trap of the European "Grand Narrative"

Just a reminder to readers that the blog 'Do You Law?', from network members Stéphanie Hennette Vauchez (Paris-Nanterre) and Antoine Vauchez (CNRS), appears in the Paris daily Liberation. If you can read French, it's a great way to follow legal controversies in France and the EU more broadly. Below is a translation of an excerpt from recent post by Antoine entitled "Finding the 'European People' Behind the 'Founding Fathers'".

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The European Union is indeed haunted by the "grand narrative" of its inexorable development. At the risk of saturating the "European project" with myths and symbols, European institutions have continued to focus on building a "European pantheon" for its the founding fathers, with the original prophecy being the "Schuman declaration" of 9 May 1950, paving the way for the European Communities. Hackneyed to boredom, this teleological story has ended up trapping us. With our eyes fixated on the future development of the Union and its eventual emergence  as a European democracy, we have come to see the repeated "crises" of European integration as merely opportunities for "relaunch", thus concealing both the social and economic contradictions as well as the democratic impasses that they entail. By viewing the history of Europe as the unfolding of one project, we have paved the way for its rejection "en bloc" as a consequence of the Union's improbable DNA. Between a golden legend and a black legend, a mythical relationship was born within the European "project" that condemns us to a choice between the status quo of a Brussels-based political world that navigates without instruments and the total rejection of that world by "sovereigntists".

October 4, 2016

Call for Panels: "Sustainability and Transformation" Conference at the University of Glasgow (July 12-14, 2017)

Friend of the network Lillian Klein (Council for European Studies at Columbia University) has written to share a call for panels for the 24th International Conference of Europeanists.  The conference is entitled "Sustainability and Transformation" and will be held at the University of Glasgow on July 12-14, 2017.

An extract from the organizers' blurb follows.  The call for proposals is available here and further information on the conference may be found here.  

Note that the deadline for proposals is today: October 4, 2016.

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Sustainability and Transformation
University of Glasgow, UK (July 12-14, 2017)
Organized by the Council for European Studies

Europe is currently sinking into its deepest morass since the 1960s. Questions about the sustainability of European political economies, social solidarity, party systems, values, and the project of European integration abound. With the British voting to leave the European Union, and powerful political forces in other member states pressing for similar moves, the future of the EU is on the line. Paraphrasing the famous quote from Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa’s great novel The Leopard, “for things to remain the same, everything must change.” Many argue: if Europe is to reinvigorate its economy, society, politics, and culture, transformations are necessary.

"Towards a New EU": Graduate Student Conference at the University of Pittsburgh (March 17-18, 2017)

Network member Gráinne de Búrca (NYU) has drawn our attention to a graduate student conference organized by the European Union Studies Association on March 17-18, 2017, at the University of Pittsburgh, which may be of interest to network members with graduate students working on European issues.  The conference is entitled "Towards a New EU," and welcomes "submissions from all disciplines and topics including, but not limited to, EU politics, governance, economics, law, history, security studies, institutions and behavior studies, and cultural studies, as well as enlargement, immigration, development, trade, and foreign policy."  

The organizers' blurb follows; full information and a link to upload submissions can be found here.  

Note that the deadline for paper submissions is November 15, 2016.

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12th Annual Graduate Student Conference on the European Union: Towards a New EU

Since its inception, the European Union has been conceived of as a new kind of project – a supranational experiment involving economic and fiscal union, political union, and even cultural policy.  After decades of growth and expansion, the EU was hit by several years of recession and slow recovery and now faces its first significant episode of contraction with the UK’s exit. What is the future for the European Project? With both an on-going migration crisis and the great unknown of Brexit looming, what challenges does Europe face as an actor in global politics?  Will other member states follow suit in rejecting the European project (or aspects thereof)?  The Organizing Committee of the Twelfth Annual Graduate Student Conference on the European Union welcomes submissions from all disciplines and topics including, but not limited to, EU politics, governance, economics, law, history, security studies, institutions and behavior studies, and cultural studies, as well as enlargement, immigration, development, trade, and foreign policy.  Papers addressing the theme of the conference will receive special consideration.

September 15, 2016

Book Announcement: Jan-Werner Müller, What Is Populism? (Penn 2016)


Network member Jan-Werner Müller (Princeton) announces a new book from University of Pennsylvania Press, entitled "What Is Populism?"  In an analysis described by Dani Rodrik as "masterful," the new volume sets out to untangle the concept of populism, to map its relationship to pluralism and authoritarianism, and to set out strategies for response to populist movements.  The publisher's blurb follows; the book can be ordered here.

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Donald Trump, Silvio Berlusconi, Marine Le Pen, Hugo Chávez—populists are on the rise across the globe. But what exactly is populism? Should everyone who criticizes Wall Street or Washington be called a populist? What precisely is the difference between right-wing and left-wing populism? Does populism bring government closer to the people or is it a threat to democracy? Who are "the people" anyway and who can speak in their name? These questions have never been more pressing.

In this groundbreaking volume, Jan-Werner Müller argues that at populism's core is a rejection of pluralism. Populists will always claim that they and they alone represent the people and their true interests. Müller also shows that, contrary to conventional wisdom, populists can govern on the basis of their claim to exclusive moral representation of the people: if populists have enough power, they will end up creating an authoritarian state that excludes all those not considered part of the proper "people." The book proposes a number of concrete strategies for how liberal democrats should best deal with populists and, in particular, how to counter their claims to speak exclusively for "the silent majority" or "the real people."

Analytical, accessible, and provocative, What Is Populism? is grounded in history and draws on examples from Latin America, Europe, and the United States to define the characteristics of populism and the deeper causes of its electoral successes in our time.

Kelemen and Blauberger on Democratic Backsliding

In a new article, out now with the Journal of European Public Policy, network member Dan Kelemen (Rutgers) and his co-author Michael Blauberger (Salzberg) examine the ways in which the European Union can serve as a bulwark against what the authors call "democratic backsliding."  Entitled "Introducing the debate: European Union safeguards against member states’ democratic backsliding," the piece explores the mechanisms available to the Union, their practical feasibility, and their implications.

The abstract follows; the article can be found here.


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Today, the European Union (EU) is confronting a new democratic deficit at the national level. A number of EU member states have experienced an erosion of democracy and the rule of law in recent years, most severely in Hungary and Poland. Drawing on different strands of political science research, the contributions to this section debate the strengths and weaknesses of the various safeguards and tactics the EU has deployed or might deploy to resist democratic backsliding by member governments. This brief introduction raises the main questions of the debate: how politically feasible is the application of existing and proposed EU safeguards, and what are the likely consequences, intended as well as unintended, of various judicial and political approaches?