In our daily lives, the rule of law matters more than anything and yet remains an invisible presence. We trust in the rule of law to protect us from governmental overreach, mafia godfathers, or the will of the majority. We take the rule of law for granted, often failing to recognise its demise—until it is too late. For under attack it is, not only in the growing number of authoritarian countries around the world but in Europe, too.
As a citizen’s guide, the book of Kalypso Nicolaidis and Adis Merdzanovic explains in plain language what the rule of law is, why it matters, and why we have to defend it. The starting point is to ask why EU efforts to promote the rule of law in candidate countries have succeeded or failed, and what this tells us about what is happening inside the EU. The book moves on to suggest ways of strengthening the rule of law in Europe and beyond, calling to action in defense of the most precious human invention of all time.
- Kalypso Nicolaidis | School of Transnational Governance, European University Institute
- Adis Merdzanovic | School of Management and Law, Zurich University of Applied Sciences
- Othon Anastasakis | Director of South East European Studies at Oxford
- Marta Pardavi | School of Transnational Governance, European University Institute
- Sarah Nouwen | Law Department, European University Institute
- Alexander Stubb | School of Transnational Governance, European University Institute
The Webinar is co-organised by the EUI School of Transnational Governance and the South East European Studies at Oxford. The event will take place on Zoom. To participate in the Q&A-session, please register.
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