Annual Danish European Association- European Community Studies Association Conference 2021



The European Union re-founded?

Rethinking EU governance in times of permanent crisis






During the last decades, the European Union has witnessed significant crises and challenges that are testing its resilience. The financial crisis, the recurrent undermining of the rule of law, Brexit, the asylum crisis, and recently Covid-19 have settled the European Union in a status of permanent crisis. This crisis challenged the ability of EU institutions and Member States to adapt their policies to pressing legal and societal needs. Additionally, the EU has reacted to future challenges like climate change and digital economy by setting a new digital and green transition that repositions the European Union as a global actor.

Understanding how this series of crises affected different policy areas and how the interactions and engagement of EU actors and Member States became crucial for assessing what type of EU will emerge in the future characterised by tendencies of deeper integration, disintegration, or differentiation. For that purpose, a scholarly and policy debate that confronts different theories of political, economic, legal, and social integration is urgently needed to describe how multiple crises affected and will affect integration. This inquiry will put EU institutions and policies into historical perspective to give an answer to some of these following questions:  Which leading dynamics and actors might be identified in these crisis period? How these crises period dominated by high politics impacted the normal functioning of the EU policy-making process and the balance between EU actors and among them and the Members States? What are the dominant institutional legacies determining the policy solutions and innovations brought in different crises? What is the margin for policy and institutional innovation when framings and institutions are pre-determined by previous crises?

These are some of the core questions that will be addressed at the forthcoming Danish European Community Studies Annual Conference, University of Copenhagen, 2-3 December 2021. The conference contains panels addressing these crucial questions from different disciplinary angles (e.g. law, political science, history, sociology, economics, among others). In this regard, the conference aims at promoting interdisciplinary exchanges necessary today to understand the complexity of many of the multifaceted challenges that the EU is facing as a supranational and as a global actor.





8:30 – 9:00

Welcome and opening of the conference
Auditorium, room 4A-0-69


Sevasti Chatzopoulou, President of the Danish European Studies Association

Shai Dothan, Associate professor and Jean Monnet Chair in EU Law & Politics

9:00 – 10:30

Parallel sessions I



Panel I.A: Conceptualizing and Analyzing Judicial Review and its Legitimacy in the Context of Global Crises - Chair: Shai Dothan (Room 6B-0-06)


Jan Komárek, Judicial legitimacy in the EU

Shai Dothan, Three Paradigms of International Judicial Review

Nicholas Haagensen, From the Eurozone crisis to the Coronavirus: A decade of contentious socio-economic policy responses before European Courts

Michał Krajewski, Reconsidering the Case for Access to Environmental and ‘Scientific’ Justice before the EU Courts



Panel I.B: Political responses to COVID-19 in Europe and beyond - Chair: Theofanis Exadaktylos and Sevasti Chatzopoulou (Conference Flexroom 8A-0-57)

Tom Christensen, Mads Dagnis Jensen, Michael Kluth, Gunnar Helgi Kristinsson, Kennet Lynggaard, Per Lægreid, Risto Niemikari, Jon Pierre and Tapio Raunio, The Nordic governments' responses to the Covid-19 pandemic: a comparative study of variation in governance arrangements and regulatory instruments"?

Chatzopoulou Sevasti, Birgitte Poulsen & Peter Aagaard, The emergence of expert-based governance in a time of crises. The challenges for public legitimacy and transparency

Chatzopoulou Sevasti and Theofanis Exadaktylos, Greece: Command
and control combined with expert-driven responses?


10:30 – 10:40



10:40 - 12:10

Parallel sessions II



Panel II.A: The European Courts in Times of Crisis: Procedural and Substantive Perspectives - Chair: Urska Sadl (Room 6B-0-06)


Lucía López Zurita, The Procedural Framework of the European Court of Justice in the Procedure for a Preliminary Ruling

Aysel Küçüksu & Nicholas Haagensen, Who Rules the European Union in Times of Crisis (According to the CJEU)?

Silje Synnøve Lyder Hermansen & Urška Šadl, Does Politicization Make International Courts Uncomfortable? Evidence from the European Court of Justice

Juan A. Mayoral, Mikael Rask Madsen, Erik Voeten & Anton Strevhnev, The basis of public support for European Courts



Panel II.B: Renewal of Social Europe - Turning the tide towards Social Welfare - Chair: Trine P. Larsen (Conference Flexroom 8A-0-57)


Mikkel Mailand, Who drives the potential comeback of Social Europe?

Caroline De la Porte, Zhen Im, Dorota Szelewa and Brigitte Pircher, Enhanced EU initiated Social rights through the Work-Life Balance Directive? A comparative study in three member states

Jens Arnholtz, The embedded flexibility of Nordic labour market models under pressure from EU- induced dualisation- the case of posted work in Denmark and Sweden

Anna Ilsøe & Fredrik Söderqvist, Will the platform economy break the Nordic labor market model?

Trine P. Larsen and Anna Ilsøe, Nordic COVID-19 Relief packages for freelancers and wage earners: When inclusive measures fragments


12:10 - 13:00

Lunch break


13:00 – 14:30


Parallel sessions III


Panel III.A: Europe in Crisis? Critical reflections on crisis from perspectives of everyday life (part I) - Chair: Dorte Jagetic Andersen (room 6B-0-06) (Online participation)

Catherine Neveu, Ordinariness” as an analyser: conceptions of citizenship in French “community centres”

Marlene Paulin Kristensen, Europe & The Crisis of Critical Thinking: Lessons from Eastern European Dissident Movements in the 1980s

Laust Lund Elbek, ‘There’s a hole in the fence’: civil pragmatism in ambiguous encounters on Lampedusa



Panel III.B: Opposing populism in Europe - Chair: Angela Bourne (Conference Flexroom 8A-0-57)


Angela Bourne, Initiatives Opposing Populist Parties in Europe: Types, Methods and Patterns

Francesco Campo, Crossing the Limits of Toleration: ‘Differentiated ordinary opposition’ and civil society responses to Lega and 5 Stars Movement in Italy

Mathias Nicolaisen, Toleration as recognition? Contagion from the Right and the political competition model of opposition to the Danish People’s Party

Juha Tuovinen, The Institutional Detection of Political Intolerance


 13:30 – 14:40

Panel III.C: PhD seminar with prof. Jonas Tallberg (part I)
Auditorium, room 4A-0-69


15:00 – 16:45

Roundtable “What role for human duties, obligations and responsibilities in our European human rights discourse?” with Robert Spano, President of the European Court of Human Rights 
Alf Ross Auditorium, room 9A.3.01


16:50 – 18:20

Parallel sessions IV



Panel IV.A: Rule of Law and the EU – Chair: Jan Komarek (room 6B-0-06) (Online participation)

Ana Neves, Conditionality in EU: a guarantee of the rule of law or an ambivalent principle?

Gisela Hernández González, More than a problem of unanimity? Agenda-shaping powers of the Council’s Presidency in the Rule of Law enforcement case

Jakob Rendl, Intervention Treaties and Supranational Authority

Maciej Maksymilian Krogel, The European Union common values between legal enforcement and legal development



Panel IV.B: Contemporary questions and challenges on EU governance I: External Relations, Human Rights and Climate change - Chair: Shai Dothan (Conference Flexroom 8A-0-57) (Online participation)

Jens L. Mortensen, A Brussels Effect without Teeth? Green Power Europe and EU’s Enforcement Paradox

Ana Carolina Campera de Rezende Soares, A network for all or for few? Analyzing the internal dynamics of informal environmental networks in the European Union

Søren Dosenrode Denmark, China and the EU.      

Agata Kleczkowska, Global human rights sanctions regime – the EU’s prescription for crisis?


16:50 – 18:20

Panel IV.C: PhD seminar with prof. Jonas Tallberg (part II)
Auditorium, room 4A-0-69


18:30 – 20:00

Keynote by Professor Jonas Tallberg, Stockholm University
Auditorium, room 4A-0-69



Conference dinner at Vaekst (20:45)

Sankt Peders Stræde 34, 1453 København, Denmark





10:00 – 11:30

Parallel sessions V



Panel V.A: On European borders and security - Chair: Michał Krajewski (room 6B-0-06)


Jacob Öberg, Normative Justifications For Eu Action In Criminal Law - The Transnational Argument

Karen McGregor Richmond, The European Public Prosecutor’s Office: Access and Accountability 

Aida Halilovic, The empowerment of Frontex and the integration of the EU administration: A framework for studying the administrative and executive dimensions of the EU interiors governance

Michelle Pace, The paradigm shift and migrant integration: Is something rotten in the state of Denmark?



Panel V.B: Europe in Crisis? Critical reflections on crisis from perspectives of everyday life (part II) - Chair: Marlene Paulin Kristensen (Conference Flexroom 8A-0-57) (Online participation)


Kolar Aparna & Manju Sharma, Always just arriving to Europe: rhythms of depression and the ongoing crisis of the modern European subject

Lola Aubry, Becoming with Borders: grassroot welcome’s interferences with border as molar lines of becoming

Eeva-Kaisa Prokkola, & Dorte Jagetic Andersen, Embedding borderlands resilience: Crisis and resilience at the border  


11:30 – 11:40



11:40 – 13:10

Parallel sessions VI



Panel VI.A: Exploring European constitutional imaginary’s OTHER - Chair: Juan A. Mayoral (room 6B-0-06)


Birgit Aasa, The Estonian ‘East to West Migration’ as an Ontological Anxiety and its Lessons for Europe

Marina Bán, A Tale of Three (Four, Five?) Identities: Hungary & the End of Empire

Michał Krajewski, Europe’s Social Deficit and its Reflection in the Polish Constitutionalism

Ladislav Vyhnánek, Further Supra-National Tendencies and the Counter-Limits of the Czech Constitutional Order



Panel VI.B: Contemporary questions and challenges on EU governance II: Trade and Digital market - Chair: Søren Dosenrode (Conference Flexroom 8A-0-57)

Patrik Rako & Lubomir Zlocha, NO TIME TO DIE: Europe´s position in the times of permanent crisis

Umang Champaklal Modi, Contemporary challenges of Governance between European Union and India

Caroline Bertram, Fair Trade for Whom? The Chameleon Role of ‘fair trade’ in the EU’s Communicative Trade Discourse

Adam Strobeyko, Towards the Cloud Federation? ‘Data Sovereignty’ and the European Strategy for Data


13:10 – 13:30



13:30 – 14:30

DSE Board Meeting (Conference Flexroom 8A-0-57)




Register here no later than 30 November, 10:00