European Union Law
December 2015 marked an important date for European lawyers, historians and political scientists: the historical archives of the European Court of Justice, deposited with the Historical Archives of the European Union at the European University Institute, were opened to the research community.
To mark this important development, the Academy of European Law, in collaboration with the research project “Towards a New History of European Public Law”, hosted by the SAXO Institute at the University of Copenhagen, organised a major conference: Setting an Agenda for Historical Research in European Law. Actors, Institutions, and Member States. This conference brought together historical, legal and political science scholars to discuss and re-interpret the history of European law, with the aim of developing a new broader and more reflective agenda for future historical research in EU law.
Within the context of this research focus of the Academy, Professor Marise Cremona also participated in the conference Enlargement: Interdisciplinary Perspectives for New Approaches at the University of Copenhagen in May 2015, with a paper entitled “Enlargement as Foreign Policy: A Research Agenda”.
A Master Class and Training Session on 6-7 June 2019 marked the official kick off of the Academy’s Court of Justice in the Archives project, which is funded by the EUI Research Council. The workshop brought together members of an international project board and project researchers to discuss different disciplinary approaches to historical research on the Court of Justice. Over the summer of 2019, the project researchers systematically analysed the dossiers de procédures of 12 key cases from the 1960s-1980s that had previously been unavailable to the public, including Van Duyn, Plaumann, and ERTA.
In addition to receiving comments from designated project board members, the project researchers met with noted EU law historian Associate Professor Morten Rasmussen (Copenhagen University), on 17 October 2019 to present their findings and discuss ways to improve their reports.
Related upcoming Academy events include:
- a workshop with Antoine Vauchez, Research Professor in Political Sociology at the Centre européen de sociologie et de science politique, Université Paris 1-Sorbonne on 24 January 2020
- a seminar entitled “The Court of Justice in the Archives: considering the added value of the archival material” on 20-21 February 2020, where members of the project team and project board will meet to address two core questions:
(1) How can we best demonstrate and evaluate the potential of the Court of Justice archives from a range of disciplinary perspectives?
(2) How can we convey and consider the specificities of this archival holding?