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2010-2011


Workshop on 'Federalism in the EU', Leuven, May 12-13, 2011

University of Leuven Law School in cooperation with the Centre for Law and Cosmopolitan Values (University of Antwerp) and the Leuven Centre for Global Governance Studies

 

Federalism appears in two main forms in the European Union. On the one hand, numerous formerly unitary Member States have embarked on a path towards a (quasi-)federal governance structure. On the other hand, the EU itself is sometimes qualified as a federal system. The study of the dual appearance of federalism in the EU context is central to this workshop. In a first part, the focus will be on domestic federalisation processes and, in particular, on the relation between these processes and EU law. The second part, by contrast, will revolve around the federalist tendencies exhibited by the EU as such.

Program


Thursday, 12 May 2011


Morning session: The relationship between domestic federalisation processes and EU law.

Philosophical perspectives. Political decision-making.
9:30 Coffee and registration
10:00 Welcome address and introductory remarks: Federalism and its many interactions with the EU (Prof. J. Wouters)
10:15 The role of federalism/sub-state national societies in the EU (Prof. H. De Schutter)
10:35 Federalism, subsidiarity and regionalism (Prof. J. Bengoetxea)
10:55 Discussion
11:15 Coffee break
11:35 The role of regional interests in the EU decision-making process post Lisbon (Prof. P. Van Nuffel)
11:55 A comparison of the legal systems of (quasi-)federal Member States in terms of the opportunities sub-state autonomous entities have to be informed of and involved in the EU decision-making process (Dr. N. Skoutaris)
12:15 Discussion
12:35 Lunch


Afternoon session: The relationship between domestic federalisation processes and EU law. The ECJ perspective
14:00 The ECJ and devolution of social powers (Prof. H. Verschueren)
14:20 The ECJ and devolution of tax powers (Dr. S. Kingston)
14:40 Discussion
15:00 Coffee break
15:30 The ECJ and regional language policies (Prof. S. Sottiaux)
15:50 The relationship between domestic federalisation processes and EU law in the ECJ case law: a cross-cutting analysis (E. Cloots)
16:10 Discussion
16:30 Free time
19:00 Dinner with the guest speakers (Faculty Club, Groot Begijnhof, Leuven)

Friday, 13 May 2011
 

Morning session: The relationship between domestic federalisation processes and EU law. The Member State courts’ perspective
10:00 National principles and rules regarding state structure versus EU law: the view of the Belgian courts (S. Feyen)
10:20 National principles and rules regarding state structure versus EU law: the view of the Spanish courts (Prof. M. Zelaia Garagarza)
10:40 National principles and rules regarding state structure versus EU law: the view of the Italian courts (Prof. G. Martinico)
11:00 Coffee break
11:30 Discussion
12:15 Lunch

Afternoon session: Federalism as a model for the EU?
14:00 Federalism and EU external relations (Prof. G. De Baere and Dr. K. Gutman)
14:20 Federalism, the EU and international law (Prof. A. Herwig)
14:40 Discussion
15:10 Coffee break
15:40 Federalism as a model for the EU’s relations with the Member States in the field of fundamental rights protection? (Prof. A. Torres Pérez)
16:00 The Court of Justice of the EU as a federal constitutional court? Some observations from a comparative perspective (Prof. M. Claes and Dr. M. de Visser)
16:20 Reasons against unity: a critique of federalism as a model for the EU (Dr. P. Eleftheriadis)
16:40 Discussion
17:10 Concluding observations (Prof. K. Lenaerts)
17:30 Drinks reception


Conference venue
Grote Vergaderzaal, Oude Valk, Law faculty, Tiensestraat 41, Leuven

Contact
Elke Cloots
elke.cloots@law.kuleuven.be