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Nov

20

Wednesday

The Horizontal Effect of Fundamental Rights in the European Union: A Constitutional Analysis

5.00pm

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Seminar series: Institute for the Study of European Laws (ISEL)

Speaker: Dr Eleni Frantziou, Durham University

This presentation will discuss the speaker's recent monograph on the horizontal effect of fundamental rights in the European Union (OUP 2019). The book argues that the horizontal effect of fundamental rights (i.e. their application to disputes between private parties) cannot be usefully analysed based on the existing EU horizontality doctrine but, rather, requires a deeper engagement with the roots of horizontality in constitutional and human rights theory. Understanding horizontality through this lens justifies a principled use of horizontal effect in disputes associated with private platforms of will formation within the EU (e.g. the workplace), where horizontality has an equalising impact on the application of fundamental rights. At the same time, this approach highlights that the focus on specific manifestations of horizontal effect at the EU level is constitutionally misplaced and calls for horizontality to be understood as an overarching principle of EU constitutional adjudication, rather than remaining entwined with the direct effect formula.

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When and where

5.00pm - 7.00pmWednesday 20th November 2019

AG07b College Building City, University of London St John Street London EC1V 4PB United Kingdom