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The High Council of the European University Institute has appointed Vincenzo Grassi, Italy’s Ambassador to the Kingdom of Belgium, as new Secretary General of the Institute. Ambassador Grassi was Italy’s Deputy Permanent Representative to the European Union from 2007 to 2012. From January to July 2013 he was the Principal Director for European Integration at DG for the EU within Ministry of Foreign Affairs. He then also served as Head of the Department for European Policies (DPE) within the Presidency of the Council of Ministers (2014). In 2014 Grassi was posted at the Italian Foreign Ministry’s Directorate General for Cultural and Economic Promotion and Innovation. Ambassador Grassi will take up his appointment in January 2017.
Ngaire Woods, Dean of Oxford University’s Blavatnik School of Government and Professor of Global Economic Governance will deliver the monthly Max Weber Lecture at the EUI on 14 December. An expert in the areas of global economic governance, the challenges of globalization, global development, and the role of international institutions, Professor Woods’ lecture is entitled ‘Backlash: Is globalization killing democracy?’ All are welcome – please register.
A multi-disciplinary mini-conference to reassess the fiscal and monetary framework of the EU from the perspective of fiscal federalism has been organized by the EUI’s Horizon 2020-funded ADEMU project and the Pierre Werner Chair Programme at the Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies. The event will also include the Pierre Werner Chair-ADEMU Lecture, this year delivered by Stanford political scientist Jonathan Rodden on ‘Representation and Redistribution in Federations: Lessons for the European Union.’ 12 December - please register.
Edited by Sofia Moratti and Dennis Patterson
The use of neuroscientific evidence in courts has triggered intense research on the intersection between neuroscience and the law. While focus has mainly been on criminal law, proposals for how neuroscience may inform issues of law and public policy extend to virtually all substantive areas in law. This volume brings together the latest work from leading scholars in the field to examine the philosophical issues that inform this emerging and vibrant subfield of law. From discussions featuring the philosophy of the mind to neuroscience-based lie detection, each chapter addresses foundational questions that arise with the application of neuroscientific technology in the legal sphere.
Edited by Nehal Bhuta, Susanne Beck, Robin Geiss, Hin-Yan Liu and Claus Kress
The legality and morality of weapons systems to which human cognitive functions are delegated (up to and including the capacity to select targets and release weapons without further human intervention) has stirred intense and highly polemical debates. In this volume, roboticists, legal scholars, philosophers and sociologists of science clarify key areas and develop insights with direct policy relevance, including who bears responsibility for autonomous weapons systems, whether they would violate fundamental ethical and legal norms, and how to regulate their development.
Edited by Loic Azoulai, Ségolène Barbou des Places and Etienne Pataut
The 'individual' or person is a central concept in all of EU economics, politics, society and ethics. The 15 chapters in this innovative edited collection argue that EU law has had a transformative effect on the concept. The volume looks at the mechanisms used when 'constructing the person' in EU law. It goes beyond traditional literature on 'Europe and the Individual' to examine the mechanisms used when ‘constructing the person’ in EU Law, and it explores the question of personhood through critical and contextual perspectives.