30 April 2021

An Ever Closer Union Among the Peoples of Europe: A Critical Legal History

On 11 May 2021, 13:00-14:00 CET a talk by Hanna Eklund, Assistant Professor at CECS, the Faculty of Law, UCPH, and Marie Skłodowska-Curie Fellow at the Saxo Institute, UCPH, “An Ever Closer Union Among the Peoples of Europe: A Critical Legal History” will be held online.

The presentation will reflect on how the legal categories chosen in 1957 to define the nascent project of European integration can be traced back and related to the dissolution of the colonial political power of the EEC Member States. Attention will be given to the formulation of the most famous phrase of EU law; “to lay the foundations of an ever closer union among the peoples of Europe.” The presentation will reflect on why ‘people’ was chosen over ‘citizens’ and ‘states’, and how ‘people’ relates to the other categories which define individuals in the Treaty of Rome, namely ‘workers’ and ‘inhabitants’.

Read more about the event and find the Zoom link at HERE.