The Category of the Person in EU Law

European law has a tremendous transformative effect on the contruction of the person. Which effect? Does it emancipate the individuals by granting them a capacity to act across national boundaries and to be recognized in their singular personal identity? Or does it subject them to an enterprise of building a new socio-economic order which has standardization and commodification effects? This conference aims to address the problem of the person in today’s Europe in its full complexity. 10-11 November 2014
Date: 23/10/2014

"Return to your Alma Mater: Reconciling economic and social Europe". Maurizio Ferrera in conversation with Brigid Laffan

A discussion between Maurizio Ferrera, EUI alumnus and Professor of Political Science at the State University of Milan and Professor Brigid Laffan, director of the Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced studies. Together they explore the existing tensions between two of the continent’s crowning achievements, the European Union and the welfare state and how each was affected by the recent economic crisis.
Date: 17/10/2014

An International Conference on Alcide De Gasperi


The Historical Archives of the European Union and the De Gasperi Foundation of Rome, with the support of the Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies, have organized the conference “Alcide De Gasperi - the Western Preference and the Construction of Europe”, which takes place on 14 November 2014 at the premises of the Italian Chamber of Deputies (Sala Aldo Moro, Palazzo Montecitorio, Main Entrance Piazza Montecitorio, Rome, Italy)

Date: 14/10/2014

Judges as Guardians of Constitutionalism and Human Rights

High profile judges and academics meet to discuss the role of the judiciary in protecting constitutionalism and human rights. The emphasis of the event is on diversity - both geographical and institutional - in approaches to safeguarding human rights and constitutionalism through judiciary. 6-7 November 2014
Date: 06/10/2014

Apply for a Max Weber fellowship or a Jean Monnet fellowship


Max Weber fellowships are designed for junior post-docs who would like to pursue an academic career, concentrate on their own research and enhance their academic practice in a multidisciplinary environment.  Jean Monnet fellowships are designed for scholars who have obtained their doctorate at least 5 years before the start of the fellowship. Applicants should work on a research topic that fits well in the overall research profile of the RSCAS and of the EUI. Deadline for both applications: 25 October 2014

Date: 24/09/2014



Making sense of the past and future politics of global warming in the United States

By Theda Skocpol

Republican and Democratic elites take opposite stands on global warming issues, yet rank-and-file voters remain more open to environmental protections. In 2006, when it looked as if most of the public might support government action to deal with global warming, the right-wing mounted a successful campaign to convince rank and file conservatives that new regulations would hurt the economy. But what will happen when another opening for change comes – for example, if Democrats take control in 2016 or 2018?

LGBT activism and the making of Europe : a rainbow Europe?

Authors: Phillip M. Ayoub; David Paternotte

Europe has long been regarded as a unique place for the promotion and furthering of LGBT rights. This important and compelling study investigates the alleged uniqueness and its ties to a relatively long history of LGBT and queer movements in the region.  [...] They discuss the ‘idea of Europe’ as it relates to LGBT rights, the history of European LGBT movements, the role of European institutions in adopting LGBT policies, and the construction of European ‘others’ in this process.

The manufacturing of markets : legal, political and economic dynamics

Edited by: Eric Brousseau; Jean-Michel Glachant

Different types of markets exist throughout the world but how are they created? In this book, an interdisciplinary team of authors provide an evolutionary vision of how markets are designed and shaped. Drawing on a series of case studies, they show that markets are far from perfect and natural mechanisms, and propose a new view of markets as social construct, explaining how combinations of economic, political and legal constraints influence the formation and performance of markets. See the book trailer and the debate by Prof. Glachant and Prof. Brousseau on the content of the book.

Methodological practices in social movement research

Edited by Donatella della Porta

Social movement studies have grown enormously in the last few decades, spreading from sociology and political science to other fields of knowledge, as varied as geography, history, anthropology, psychology, economics, law and others. With the growing interest in the field, there has been also an increasing need for methodological guidance for empirical research. This volume addresses this need by introducing the main methods of data collection and data analysis as they have been used in past research on social movements.


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