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Legal Trajectories of Neoliberalism: Critical Inquiries on Law in Europe

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  • Mon 04 Jun 2018 09.00 - 17.00
  Add to Calendar 2018-06-04 9:00 2018-06-04 17:00 Europe/Paris Legal Trajectories of Neoliberalism: Critical Inquiries on Law in Europe

Responses to the recent (and ongoing) ‘crisis’ in Europe reveal multiple techniques through which the rule and role of law operate in these times of neoliberal capitalism. Ranging from international law, to human rights law, to EU law, and constitutional law, the deployment and orientation of the law in the past few years point up ways in which law co-constitutes neoliberal values and structures, legitimating and hardening those values and foreclosing alternatives. Framing market interests, capital accumulation and profit as the common interest, advancing the conditions for competition (including among vulnerable individuals), favouring the private over the public and situating social justice as derivative of those goals are just some of the neoliberal values that have been reflected through law. We have seen the aims of a stable economy, redistribution, and the public interest all positioned through law as handmaidens to neoliberal goals. The expediency of an emergency situation has laid bare the lawlessness of international actors, obscured structural problems, and limited possibilities for dissent. With the help of law, the meaning of consent has been emptied and democracy truncated. Law is not merely a tool to resolve disputes and protect some people’s human rights; it is a mediator and an enabler. The focus of this workshop is on where and how the form and content of law in this dark period of Europe’s present – its core tenets, contemporary assumptions and organisation, its rules and their interpretation – contribute to the dominant project that is neoliberalism, and with what implications.

Using the recent European crises as a point of reference, this workshop is organised as an opportunity to share our ongoing research on where neoliberalism is to be found in the form and content of law (whether international, human rights, EU, or constitutional) and with what implications for law and for law’s emancipatory functions. It will be valuable to explore theoretical, normative, and structural dimensions of law’s complicity in the neoliberal project today and its implications for an inclusive jurisprudence. Interdisciplinarity will offer an essential depth to these reflections.

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Sala Triaria, Villa Schifanoia DD/MM/YYYY
  Sala Triaria, Villa Schifanoia

Responses to the recent (and ongoing) ‘crisis’ in Europe reveal multiple techniques through which the rule and role of law operate in these times of neoliberal capitalism. Ranging from international law, to human rights law, to EU law, and constitutional law, the deployment and orientation of the law in the past few years point up ways in which law co-constitutes neoliberal values and structures, legitimating and hardening those values and foreclosing alternatives. Framing market interests, capital accumulation and profit as the common interest, advancing the conditions for competition (including among vulnerable individuals), favouring the private over the public and situating social justice as derivative of those goals are just some of the neoliberal values that have been reflected through law. We have seen the aims of a stable economy, redistribution, and the public interest all positioned through law as handmaidens to neoliberal goals. The expediency of an emergency situation has laid bare the lawlessness of international actors, obscured structural problems, and limited possibilities for dissent. With the help of law, the meaning of consent has been emptied and democracy truncated. Law is not merely a tool to resolve disputes and protect some people’s human rights; it is a mediator and an enabler. The focus of this workshop is on where and how the form and content of law in this dark period of Europe’s present – its core tenets, contemporary assumptions and organisation, its rules and their interpretation – contribute to the dominant project that is neoliberalism, and with what implications.

Using the recent European crises as a point of reference, this workshop is organised as an opportunity to share our ongoing research on where neoliberalism is to be found in the form and content of law (whether international, human rights, EU, or constitutional) and with what implications for law and for law’s emancipatory functions. It will be valuable to explore theoretical, normative, and structural dimensions of law’s complicity in the neoliberal project today and its implications for an inclusive jurisprudence. Interdisciplinarity will offer an essential depth to these reflections.

(Registration now closed)


Location:
Sala Triaria, Villa Schifanoia

Affiliation:
Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies
Department of Law

Type:
Workshop

Organiser:
Dr. Margot Salomon (Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies, EUI and Department of Law, London School of Economics)

Attachment:
Final Program
 
 

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