The new issue of the European Journal of Legal Studies (EJLS) includes a wide array of stimulating legal analysis, with authors writing on topics ranging from the visualisation of international law to the consequences of Brexit for the European Union's mixed agreements.
To mark this important occasion, this event hosts a talk by the winners of the Journal's New Voices Prize for the 2020/21 academic year. The New Voices Prize is an annual award that recognises the best article by emerging scholars published in the EJLS as selected by the Journal's Departmental Advisory Board.
After an initial presentation of the forthcoming issue by the Editor-in-Chief, Alberto Quintavalla and Orlin Yalnazov will present their award-winning article, entitled: The Death of Laws: Mandatory Requirements and Environmental Protection.
Legal change is usually seen as a process that is exogenous to law. In this short paper, we argue that laws, even if left untouched by the political process, decay of their own accord. The paper first develops the argument in conceptual form and then illustrates it through an example from European Union law. Specifically, it shows that the Court of Justice of the European Union's 'mandatory requirements' doctrine was gradually hollowed out.
The presentation by the authors will be followed by a Q&A session with the audience.