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The constitutional identity of EU Member States as a limit to the transfer of sovereign powers to the EU



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Speaker: Dr Theodore Konstantinides - University of Surrey

Following the coming into force of the Treaty of Lisbon national identity became en vogue. The paper will attempt to provide a careful parsing of the norms that define the EU's duty of deference towards national identity, as well as of the relevant judicial decisions on the issue (both by a selection of CJEU and national courts' case law). Despite the theoretical veneer of national identity, it is argued that the focus on the existing law and practice pertaining to the notion can assist both the Member States' authorities and the EU Institutions in their attempts to measure the legal importance of the Treaty's identity clause. The discussion is, therefore, not limited to an exploration of the blurry edges of national identity but attempts to locate the practical implications of Article 4 (2) TEU for the protection of domestic constitutional values.

nullTheodore Kostantinides is a Senior Lecturer in Law and Deputy Head of School of Law. His research and teaching interests lie broadly in the field of European constitutional law. He has written on a number of issues, including EU competence delimitation, EU international relations, and judicial protection in criminal matters. He has previously taught at University College London and has been a visiting lecturer at various European Universities such as Stockholm, Uppsala, Vrije Amsterdam and a Fellow at the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies in London.

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1.00pm - 3.00pmWednesday 1st October 2014

AG02 College Building City, University of London St John Street London EC1V 4PB United Kingdom

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Dr Enrico Bonadio

Senior Lecturer in Law

City, University of London
Northampton Square
United Kingdom
020 7040 8263

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