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EU law preparatory works and the Court of Justice: a multidisciplinary approach

Alcide De Gasperi Seminar

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11 November 2021

15:00 - 16:30 CET



In this De Gasperi seminar, Dr. Sarah Lattanzi, Università degli Studi di Teramo/Università LUISS, will present and discuss together with Prof. Amedeo Arena, University of Naples and visiting fellow at the Alcide De Gasperi Research Centre (EUI), her research conducted as Vibeke Sørensen Fellow at the HAEU.

During this De Gasperi seminar, Sarah Lattanzi will present the research she carried out during her stay in Florence at the Historical Archives of the European Union as a Vibeke Sørensen Fellow.

In her PhD thesis, she demonstrated how the increasing use of preparatory works by the Court of Justice calls into question a certain number of prejudices about so-called "subjective" interpretation techniques, traditionally neglected by modern and contemporary legal culture. The use of preparatory works is however necessary, even essential, in the interpretative process and in the democratization of the European Union, as the use made by the Court of Justice would demonstrate.

She now seeks to deepen her thesis research on the use of preparatory works in the interpretation of European Union law. Following her PhD thesis, two historical aspects linked to the use of preparatory works remained to be explored through consultation of the official documents of the various institutions of the European Union: their classification and the degree of dissemination of these documents before and after their publication. The multidisciplinary approach that she will present during this seminar highlights the importance of history in the establishment and interpretation of law.

Sarah Lattanzi has a PhD in European Union law from the University of Rome "Tor Vergata" and the University of Paris "Panthéon-Assas Paris II".

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