EU Constitutional Imagination: Between Ideology And Utopia – University of Copenhagen

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EU Constitutional Imagination: Between Ideology And Utopia

In the early 2000s many people believed that constitutionalism could push European integration project to a qualitatively new stage. Some understood the adoption of the Treaty establishing a Constitution for Europe in 2004 as the Union’s constitutional moment, realising their much wished-for utopia. Then the Treaty was rejected in the French and Dutch referenda and the European Council officially abandoned the ‘constitutional concept’. Several crises of the Union followed, most of them having direct implications for EU constitutionalism: the financial and economic crisis, the refugee crisis, the rule of law crisis in Hungary and Poland, and of course, the Brexit challenge. The kind of constitutionalism emerging from the last decade has lost its utopian character: the need to adopt a new constitutional settlement is seen not as a further step in European integration but as an obstacle better to be avoided. Some people even see European constitutonalism as an oppressive ideology. Why is this so?

The speakers will include scholars from a range of disciplines – EU constitutional law and theory, political science, political theory, political economy and political sociology, all taking a closer look at the concept of EU constitutionalism from the perspective of their discipline – and their particular contributions they have made to the field.


Hugo Canihac (Saint-Louis University, Brussels) | Damian Chalmers (National University of Singapore) I Marco Dani (University of Trento) | Christian Joerges (Hertie School of Governance) | Jan Komárek (University of Copenhagen) | Mattias Kumm (WZB Berlin/NYU) | Signe Larsen (LSE) | Paul Linden Retek (NYU/Yale) | Hjalte Lokdam (LSE) | Agustín José Menéndez (Universidad Autónoma de Madrid/ARENA, Oslo) | Luuk van Middelaar (Leiden University) | Kalypso Nicolaïdis (University of Oxford) | Jiří Přibáň (Cardiff University) | Morten Rasmussen (University of Copenhagen) | Claudia Schrag Sternberg (UCL) | Alexander Somek (University of Vienna) | Michael Wilkinson (LSE) | Neil Walker (University of Edinburgh)

Time:  1-2 november 2018, 09:00-17:00

Place: Conference/flex room, ground floor, room 8A-0-57, Njalsgade 76, DK-2300 Copenhagen S


Detailed Programme (pdf)

The Convenor's Agenda

The Convenor's Agenda paper (pdf)


For participation in the event, please use this registration form no later than 22 October 2018, 12:00.


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  • Cecilie Petersen, Event Manager, Research Services, Faculty of Law, University of Copenhagen, Denmark.