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Working Groups

Alongside weekly courses, more informal working groups may be established on the initiative of interested researchers on a departmental or inter-departmental basis.

Working groups usually organise a series of meetings in which researchers from the EUI and occasionally guest speakers working on similar topics co-operate. The department encourages such initiatives.

Guidelines for Working Groups

Guidelines on setting up a working group, organising and promoting events.

Calendar of Working Group Activities

A calendar of activities is available online to publicise working group events.

 

Law  

Active since: 2015-2016

The Competition Law Working Group is a forum for discussing issues related to completion law, policy and economics. We wish to bring together researchers interested in theoretical and practical issues associated with the law and economics of competition, as well as in addressing key developments in competition law. The working group organizes two kinds of events: reading sessions related to a specific topic under the supervision of a group member, on the one hand, and presentations by invited speakers on topics of interest for the working group, on the other. Researchers are also welcomed to present their work. The group is grateful for the support of Prof. Giorgio Monti

Law  

Active since: 2016-2017

The Constitutionalism and Politics Working Group provides a platform for researchers who are interested in matters related to the (well)functioning of democratic states governed by the rule of law. Whereas politics cannot be exercised without properly operating institutional and legal framework, such a framework cannot make do without politics. It is this interplay between constitutionalism and politics and possible tensions created thereby that is of particular interest to our working group. The WG is devoted particularly to issues related to constitutional backsliding and political crises; constitutional reform and constitutional review; constitutional rights; the functioning of the rule of law: separation of powers in particular and checks and balances in general. Researchers working in areas of constitutional and political theory, legal and political philosophy, as well as history of ideas are particularly welcome. The group is grateful for the support of Prof. Gábor Halmai

Law  

Active since: 2016-2017

The EU Financial and Monetary Law Working Group brings together researchers working on topics related to banking and capital regulation in the EU as well as Eurozone governance matters, including those pertaining to monetary policy and institutional questions. The group is conceived as a forum for specific discussions and presentations of papers covering this field (including peer review). Presentations and interventions by external speakers are also foreseen. The WG further seeks to draw on the activities in the field of finance and Eurozone governance across the EUI (such as the ADEMU project), facilitating synergies in research as well as interdisciplinary approaches. The group is grateful for the support of Prof. Stefan Grundmann and Prof. Giorgio Monti.

Law  

Active since: 2016-2017

The European Anti-Discrimination Law Working Group consists of scholars who share a common research interest in anti-discrimination law in Europe. The Group meets on a bi-weekly basis during the academic year. It is designed to facilitate discussion about new developments in anti-discrimination law and provide a forum where researchers have the opportunity to present their work and solicit feedback from their colleagues. We welcome submissions at all stages of the drafting process, from exploratory works-in-progress to articles that are being revised for final publication. The Group focuses mainly on the CJEU, ECtHR, and the comparative study of anti-discrimination regimes within and outside of Europe. The group is grateful for the support of Prof. Claire Kilpatrick.

Law  

Academic Year(s): 2016-2017

The European Union Law Working Group is an initiative of new researchers from the Department of Law whose research projects are related to various domains of European Union Law. Research interests are diverse and include EU constitutional law, the EU institutions, protection of fundamental rights, data protection, financial stability, Banking Union, euro crisis law, EU external relations and trade law. The Group's main goal is to provide a platform for regular peer-review of developments in the research of its members. The timetable for the current academic year envisages meetings, twice a month. In the first term, discussion will concentrate on First Year Researchers' preliminary research questions. The focus of meetings in the second and third terms will be determined by developments in members' research and interests. All EUI law researchers, LL.M. or Ph.D., looking for opportunities to receive a feedback on their work from their peers, are welcome to participate in the Group. Researchers from other departments who are interested in issues related to EU law, as well as professors, fellows, visiting researchers and other academics, are also welcome. The Group's Supervisor is Professor Marise Cremona.

Law  

Active since: 2011-2012

The Fundamental Rights Working Group provides a forum for researchers to discuss issues related to the protection of of issues related to the protection of fundamental rights, equality and citizenship in Europe. Recent case-law stands at the centre of the sessions, in particular decisions rendered by the Court of Justice of the European Union and the European Court of Human Rights. Our ambition is to keep track of the latest legal developments and to contribute to research on European fundamental rights protection carried out in various forms at the Law Department. The Working Group invites speakers once a month to give a short presentation and assessment of the relevant subjects, which will be followed by a general (informal and open-minded) discussion. The supporting professor is Claire Kilpatrick.

Law  

Active since: 2014-2015

The Law in Action Project (LiA) was set up with funding from the former EUI president, Joseph Weiler, and a few professors as part of a broader initiative aimed at establishing a form of clinical legal education practice at the EUI. We are now an independent group of researchers that established a firm and productive network of NGOs, human rights clinics and other professionals. We build on our research expertise combined with innovative and creative ways of using the law and making it work for social justice in Europe and beyond. During the academic year of 2014/2015, LiA hosted several events on the themes of clinical legal education and strategic litigation at the EUI campus in Florence, Italy. Invited experts and practitioners discussed the value of strategic litigation and clinical legal education for the protection of human rights, children’s rights, and issues of equality and marginalised groups. Through LiA, EUI researchers are working in collaboration with NGOs and other law clinics throughout Europe in order to provide technical legal assistance in relation to ongoing litigation and advocacy projects.

Law  Political and Social Sciences  

Active since: 2006-2007

The Information Society working group is an interdisciplinary forum for all those working on topics and themes related to the Information Society, including topics related to Internet Governance, Digital Contestation, the societal, legal and political impacts of new communications technology and digital research methods. Researchers and Fellows from all departments and the Robert Schuman Centre are welcome to attend and contribute to the group. The INFOSOC Working Group has been active at the EUI since Spring term 2006, and is supported by Prof. Giovanni Sartor.

Law  

Active since: 2005-2006

The International Law Working Group (IL WG) is a forum for EUI researchers to better inform themselves on key developments in the area of international law. Throughout the year, researchers convene a range of activities to reflect their research interests as well as to reflect on current developments in the practice of international law. Activities include fortnightly lunchtime meetings where researchers can discuss each other’s work and also include workshops or conferences, lectures, and are often held in collaboration with other working groups. The IL WG is a continuation of the International Criminal Law Working Group established in 2002 at the initiative of Prof. Pierre-Marie Dupuy, and is currently supported by Professors Martin Scheinin, Francesco Francioni and Nehal Bhuta.

History and Civilization  Law  Political and Social Sciences  

Active since: 2016-2017

After two centuries of formal independence from European imperial powers, Latin America is no longer regarded as a “recipient” of ideas, but as a region generating its own objectives and developing its own path. In the last decades, it has experienced extensive economic growth, and has gone through complex and unique processes of democratization and transitional justice, as well as regional integration. A product of intricate historical realities, Latin America is still challenged by high rates of inequality and poverty, occurrence of State’s and non-State actors’ violence, non-democratic practices, and discrimination based on gender and race. The Latin America Working Group is the forum of reflection on Latin American topics at the European University Institute. It holds seminars and workshops where researchers can discuss their work on an interdisciplinary basis. Through its informal talks and its blog, the working group promotes informed reflection on current Latin American issues. On top of this, the working group is a network of current and former EUI researchers, as well as external researchers, working in connection with Latin America. Faculty liaison: Regina Grafe (HEC) and Philippe Schmitter (SPS). Coordinators: Leiry Cornejo Chavez (LAW), Ileana Nicolau (SPS), Paula Zuluaga (SPS), and Gaël Sánchez Cano (HEC)

Law  

Academic Year(s): 2016/2017

The Law and Economics Working Group is a forum for discussing the developments in the dialogue between legal and economic scholarship. The aim is to gather researchers interested in understanding the advantages and disadvantages of adopting an economic-informed methodology in their research as compared to purely legal approaches or to approaches grounded in other social sciences. The working group organizes two kinds of events. First, reading sessions related to a specific topic (examples could be: efficiency vs distribution; L&E descriptive and/or normative theories of value, norms, remedies, enforcement, contracts, financial services, competition, non-market behaviour, law-making, judicial decisions; comparative institutional analysis), possibly under the supervision of a group member. Researchers can also present their work, provided it applies or discusses a law and economics framework. Second, presentations by invited speakers on topics of interest for the working group. The group is grateful for the support of Prof. Giorgio Monti and Prof. Stefan Grundmann.

Law  Political and Social Sciences  

Active since: 2006-2007

The Legal and Political Theory Working Group was founded in 2002 when a few researchers met to discuss their papers. Its aim is to provide both established academics and PhD researchers an opportunity to discuss and improve their theoretically-oriented work within a friendly yet academically rigorous setting. A typical session lasts two hours and consists of a short (20/30 minute) presentation by the speaker followed by discussion. One of the working group’s most cherished traits is its openness; we are proud to have been the hub of theoretically-minded people at the EUI for so many years and to have successfully bridged the cleavages between EUI’s departments and academic traditions. Hence, if your work deals with any strand of legal or political theory, or simply think that your research will benefit from theoretical insights, do get in touch at legal.theory@eui.eu The current conveners of the working group are Sofie C. Møller (Law) and Rutger Birnie (SPS)

Economics  Law  Political and Social Sciences  

Active since: 2006-2007

The Relex Working Group is a researcher-run group, intended to bring together researchers of all disciplines interested in EU External Relations. The group meets regularly once a month to discuss topics covering the following areas: The EU as a Foreign Security and Defence Policy Actor The EU’s Role in the World The EU as an exporter of norms EU Actors and Institutions shaping European External Action The Role of Member States in the EU’s Foreign, Security and Defence Policy The Role of the European Court of Justice in External Relations The Post-Lisbon Common Commercial Policy We strongly encourage our members to present and discuss their research in the working group which, as an informal forum, provides a friendly atmosphere to receive comments, suggestions and opinions on your subject and methodology. We also invite visiting scholars and external speakers to participate in the working group sessions, present their work and exchange views with resident working group members. In addition, the working group also organises workshops, seminars and conferences in the area of EU External Relations. Throughout the year, we would like our members to create a mutually supportive network and we strongly encourage participants to attend on a regular basis to create a cohesive group and provide continuity to discussions.

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