Max Weber Lecture by Ngaire Woods


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.

Conference and lecture on fiscal federalism


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.

Human rights and emergencies


States of emergency are, by definition, moments of exception to regular norms and principles. Should we then expect that the law of human rights be limited in these moments to protect the safety of the people?  David Dyzenhaus, Professor of Law and Philosophy at the University of Toronto and Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, will argue to the contrary in a Max Weber Programme Occasional Talk on human rights and emergencies, explaining that emergencies tell us why human rights actually  limit – or better shape – the way in which states respond to emergencies, when they respond as states. 7 December – please register.

Liberal democracies and the global south

Europe and the US have long held themselves as beacons for developing democracies around the world, setting standards of good governance centring on liberal values such as democracy, universal human rights and the rule of law. While never uncontested, in doing so western soft power indeed radiated far beyond the so-called west. SPS researcher Anchalee Rueland argues, in an op-ed piece for EUI Times, that recent outcomes in the EU and the US related to the immigration crises, border closings, racially-biased police violence, inequality, Brexit, and so on are discouraging young democracies’ pursuit of liberal democratic institutions in the global south.  Read the article in EUI Times.



Legal insanity and the brain: science, law and European courts

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.

Autonomous weapons systems: law, ethics, policy

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. 

With, without, or against the state? How European regions play the Brussels game

By Michaël Tatham
This volume examines how sub-state entities mobilise at the European level. Using quantitative data, qualitative data, and case studies, the author analyses patterns of interaction between state and sub-state EU interests, and evaluates the degree to which these interactions are cooperative, conflictual, or dissociated. Based on Tathem’s EUI doctoral thesis in the Department of Political and Social Sciences, the book has been published within OUP’s ‘Transformations in Governance’ series.

Constructing the person in EU law: rights, roles, identities

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.