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The purpose of this seminar is to further explore the importance of ideas as drivers for policies in the EU, by presenting the case study of the EU Unitary Patent. Ideas help us to frame observed events, working to identify what constitutes a 'problem', and what 'solutions' may be perceived as legitimate. Ideas therefore serve to constrain certain actions by policy-makers, while facilitating others. In this talk, Benjamin Farrand will outline the dominant ideas and discourses concerning the creation of a pan-European patent with unitary effect, demonstrating how the use of the enhanced cooperation procedure as a means of securing the patent was achieved and granted ideational legitimacy through the change in EU institutional dynamics resulting from the perception of economic crisis in the EU. In doing so, this seminar will highlight the importance of understanding the drivers of public policy in better understanding legal developments which, from a purely legal perspective, may seem counter-intuitive or controversial.
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1.00pm - 3.00pmWednesday 25th November 2015
Institute for the Study of European Laws