CECS seminar with Michael Dougan, Professor of European Law and Jean Monnet Chair in EU Law at the University of Liverpool – University of Copenhagen

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CECS seminar with Michael Dougan, Professor of European Law and Jean Monnet Chair in EU Law at the University of Liverpool

“On the importance of the Academic Contribution to Better Public Understanding: Brexit experiences”

In many EU countries, academics are increasingly being expected or even required not only to engage in the production of original research but also to communicate the findings of such scholarship to the broader public and to demonstrate how their work benefits broader audiences such as policy-makers and stakeholders.  The experience of the UK’s 2016 referendum on EU membership and its continuing aftermath provides a useful case-study to learn about and reflect upon both the benefits and the limitations of the "impact agenda” in higher education – including the overriding importance of providing expert input into contested political debates; the challenges of countering the facile claims of “fake news” by reference to the more complex realities of scientific research; and the personal impact upon academic staff of being exposed to public scrutiny and political hostility.

Biography: 

Michael Dougan is Professor of European Law and Jean Monnet Chair in EU Law at the University of Liverpool. He is an established academic authority on EU constitutional law and Joint Editor of Common Market Law Review .  Michael's work has also contributed to wider public and political debates about European law.  For example, he has provided written evidence to numerous UK Parliamentary enquiries, appeared as an expert witness before various Parliamentary select committees, and provided external advice to a range of UK Government departments and Union institutions.  Michael's public engagement activities, including videos of his lectures before and after the 2016 UK referendum, received extensive public and media attention and he continues to be a popular authority on the matter for individuals and groups all around the world.

Programme: 

  • Introduction – Chair:
    Ulla Neergaard, Professor of EU Law. University of Copenhagen, Faculty of Law
  • On the importance of the Academic Contribution to Better Public Understanding: Brexit experiences:
    Michael Dougan, Professor of European Law and Jean Monnet Chair in EU Law at the University of Liverpool
  • Comments:
    Antoni Abat Ninet, Professor of Comparative Constitutional Law, University of Copenhagen, Faculty of Law
  • Plenary Discussion: Q & A Session