Position of Secretary General


The European University Institute has opened a search to fill the senior position of Secretary General of the Institute. Complete information about the position and vacancy is available online.

Deadline for applications: 27 October 2016

The implications of Brexit

The Robert Schuman Centre, in collaboration with the Economic and Social Research Council ‘The UK in a Changing Europe’ initiative (King’s College), will host a workshop at the EUI to explore the political, economic, social and legal facets of the UK’s departure from the EU.  Speakers will address why the referendum passed; the internal divisions in the UK brought to light with the vote—especially with regard to Ireland; the negotiations and institutional consequences of leaving; and perspectives on the future dynamic between the UK and the remaining EU 27. 4 November. All are welcome – please register

Symposium to commemorate opening of Cassese archives at HAEU

The archives of the late Professor Antonio Cassese, the distinguished international judge and legal scholar who dedicated his career to international justice and human rights, will be inaugurated at Villa Salviati on 10 November. Speakers at the opening will include Professors Sabino Cassese and Luigi Condorelli.  The event will be accompanied by the fifth annual  ‘Antonio Cassese Lecture,’ to be delivered by Vice-President of the International Court of Justice Abdulqawi Ahmed Yusuf, and a symposium addressing international criminal justice and the making of international humanitarian law. Please register.

Behind closed doors: EUI Times looks at migrant domestic labour


In homes across Europe, domestic workers labour behind closed doors. Many live where they work: in a world which is both public and private, but on the margins of both. Without regular labour inspections, workers are more vulnerable here than elsewhere. And for migrants employed far from home, the risk of exploitation is high. EUI experts Alexandra Ricard-Guay, Neil Howard, and Anna Triandafyllidou speak with EUI Times in the wake of the EU’s Anti-trafficking Day on 18 October.

More than 500 EUI theses in open access

More EUI research – both past and present – is available than ever before thanks to the Library’s efforts to support the principle of open access. Following an initiative in which alumni were invited to deposit their theses in ‘Cadmus’, the EUI’s institutional repository, the Institute now makes available more than 500 of the theses defended in its forty-year history. Read the article.



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. 

Philosophical foundations of law and neuroscience

Edited by Dennis Patterson and Michael S. Pardo

The increased use of neuroscientific evidence in courts has led to intense research on the intersection of law and neuroscience. In this volume, leading scholars present their views on a broad range of areas in which neuroscience may inform issues of law and public policy. From discussions featuring the philosophy of the mind to neuroscience-based lie detection, each chapter addresses foundational questions that arise in the application of neuroscientific technology in the legal sphere.