Vincenzo Grassi appointed Secretary General of the EUI


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.

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.

The displacement of 'social' Europe

For many years, the social policy component of the European Union had a consistent profile focusing mainly on improving and protecting the rights of workers, both in the market integration project per se as freely moving workers and job-seekers and in protecting workers’ rights, including the rights of women not to be discriminated against at work. The Academy of European Law has organized a workshop to examine and evaluate the fundamental displacement of a social policy profile centring on workers. 15 - 16 December - 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.



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.