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Framing the subjects and objects of contemporary EU law




This workshop purports to explore how we frame the subjects and objects of contemporary European Union (EU) law. The inquiry as to the subjects and objects of public international law is one long scorned upon as fruitless. Nevertheless, it may be a particularly revealing inquiry in EU law which has explicitly sought to differentiate itself as a new legal order of public international law, expressly conceiving a new subjects/objects paradigm.

As the EU’s internal and external competences have evolved, significant changes surround the subjects and objects of contemporary EU law. To know who the subjects and objects of EU Law are is fundamental for legal certainty and the rule of law as well as the EU’s legitimacy in the wider world.

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Professor Sir Francis Jacobs QC (King’s College London) will give the opening remarks.


  • Dr Elaine Fahey (City University London) and Dr Samo Bardutzky (University of Kent): Framing the subjects and objects of EU law
  • Dr Damjan Kukovec (European Commission and Harvard University): Hierarchies as law
  • Professor Dora Kostakopoulou (University of Warwick): Towards a humanistic philosophy of the European Union
  • Dr Alina Tryfonidou (University of Reading): Framing the subjects of EU law: can EU citizenship be put up for sale?
  • Dr Andrés Casteleiro-Delgado (Durham University): More State than State? The EU as an international subject
  • Dr Emilia Korkea-aho (University of Helsinki): Is the EU obliged to take third country interests into account? The requirement of non-discriminatory application and the global framework of EU law
  • Professor Laurent Pech (University of Middlesex): EU's external and internal rule of law: coherence and crisis
  • Ilaria Vianello (European University Institute): From objects to subjects: guaranteeing participatory procedures to third countries and to their citizens. The case of the EU wider neighbourhood
  • Professor Michelle Everson (Birkbeck): Scientification and the death of subjectivity in EU law 
  • Dr Marios Costa (City University London): Expert knowledge in EU law: a case study on private standards

This workshop is hosted by the Institute for the Study of European Laws, The City Law School, City University London and Kent Centre for European and Comparative Law.


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When & where

9.30am - 6.00pmFriday 6th November 2015

A110 College Building City, University of London St John Street London EC1V 4PB United Kingdom

Contact Details

Institute for the Study of European Laws

City, University of London
Northampton Square
United Kingdom
+44(0)20 7030 4103

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