Research Seminar 2018


The Constitution of European Democracy

23 February 2018, 9.30 AM, Chambre des Députés, salle commission II

23, rue du Marché-aux-Herbes, L-1728 Luxembourg


There is little doubt that the EU suffers from a democratic deficit that affects its legitimacy and acceptance with the EU citizens. However, it is rarely noticed that this deficit finds its source in the state of European constitutionalism. The EU is over-constitutionalized, and the effect is a power shift from the democratically legitimized and accountable institutions to the executive and judicial bodies of the EU. The workshop will analyse the origins and consequences of this situation, and develop proposals for a reform of the institutional structure and the decision making process within the EU. This research seminar is a collaboration between the Research Chair in Parliamentary Studies and the Research Unit in Law

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Pr. Dr. Philippe POIRIER, Holder of the Research Chair in Parliamentary Studies, University of Luxembourg, Visiting Professor of Political Science, Università Degli Studi di Torino

Pr. Dr. Johan Willem Gous Van der Walt, Head of the Research Unit in Law, Professor of Philosophy of Law, University of Luxembourg

Guest Speakers

Pr. Em. Dr. Dr. h.c. mult., LL.M. Dieter GRIMM, Professor of Public Law, Humboldt-Universität, Berlin

Pr. Dr. Susanne K. SCHMIDT, Professor of Political Science, Universität Bremen, Bremen

Pr. Dr. Gareth Davies, Professor of Public Law, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, Amsterdam

Pr. Dr. Jörg Gerkrath, Head of Doctoral School of Law, Professor of European Law, University of Luxembourg

Pr. Dr. Martin Höpner, Adjunct Professor in Political Science, Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies, Cologne

Pr. Dr. Dr. h.c. Christian Joerges, Professor of Law and Society, Hertie School of Governance, Berlin

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