The Transformation of Europe: Twenty-Five Years On

Book launch and a critical assessment.


Joseph Weiler's The Transformation of Europe is one of the most influential works in the history of European studies. Twenty-five years after its original publication, this new collection of essays pays tribute to Weiler's legacy by discussing some of the most pressing issues in contemporary European Union law, policy and constitutionalism. The book does not intend to be a simple expression of intellectual esteem for Weiler's seminal work; instead, the collection honours it by critically engaging with some of its assumptions and theses. Overall, it shows how a study of 1991 can still be fundamental to the present and future of the EU, including the challenges of Brexit and Eurozone crises.

At this event, Joseph Weiler will present a short “intellectual autobiography” of his seminal article, putting it into the context of the scholarship on European integration and also his own intellectual development at the time of writing. Two contributors from the book, Kalypso Nikolaïdis and Alexander Somek (TBC) will present their (in many way opposing) evaluations of the Transformation’s enduring legacy, followed by some critical remarks by Dorte Sindbjerg Martinsen and Jan Komárek.

15:00 - 15:10
Welcome by Mikael Rask Madsen
Chair: Mikael Rask Madsen
15:10 - 15:30 The transformation of Europe: An intellectual biography Joseph Weiler

15:30 - 15:50 Perils of Unity, Promise of Union
Kalypso Nicolaïdis

15:50 - 16:00 Unity and Community: A Tale of Two Monsters and One Unanswered Question
Alexander Somek

16:30 - 17:00 Coffee  
Chair: Marlene Wind
17:00 - 17:20 Political Responses to the Legal Transformation of Europe
Dorte Sindbjerg Martinsen

17:20 - 18:00 The constitutional imagination of the Transformation of Europe
Jan Komárek  
18:00 Drinks  

Chairs and speakers

  • Mikael Rask Madsen is Professor of European Law and Integration and Director of iCourts, Centre for excellence for the study of international courts

  • Alexander Somek is Professor of Legal Philosophy, University of Vienna Faculty of Law

  • Jan Komárek is Professor of EU law at iCourts currently pursuing a project on intellectual history of EU constitutionalism

  • Dorte Sindbjerg Martinsen is Professor of Political Science, University of Copenhagen

  • Kalypso Nicolaïdis is Professor of International Relations, University of Oxford

  • Joseph Weiler is University Professor at the NYU and the author of The Transformation of Europe

  • Marlene Wind is Professor of Political science and Professor at iCourts, University of Copenhagen and one of the book’s co-editors.


For participation in the event please use this registration form no later than 4 May 2018, 12:00.