Venue: Arts2 Lecture Theatre, Arts2 Building, School of Law, Queen Mary University of London, Mile End Road, London E1 4NS
Professor Maciej Szpunar, Advocate General at the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU), will deliver the Inaugural Lecture of the newly established Centre for European and International Legal Affairs (CEILA) at Queen Mary School of Law, to mark the start of the Centre’s activity on the study and research of the relationship between International Law and EU Law. In his lecture 'EU Law and International Law in the 21st Century: Is the Court of Justice afraid of other International Jurisdictions?', Professor Szpunar will be exploring the legal background surrounding the interaction between the Court of Justice and other regimes, addressing their frictions, synergies, and mutual impact, to offer a comprehensive account of their co-existence and point the way forward.
This event will be followed by a drinks reception to which all attendees are invited.
Professor Szpunar was born in 1971. He holds degrees in law from the University of Silesia and the College of Europe, Bruges; Doctor of Law (2000); habilitated Doctor in Legal Science (2009); Professor of Law (2013); Visiting Scholar at Jesus College, Cambridge (1998), the University of Liège (1999) and the European University Institute, Florence (2003). He worked as a lawyer (2001-08); member of the Committee for Private International Law of the Civil Law Codification Commission under the Ministry of Justice (2001-08); member of the Board of Trustees of the Academy of European Law, Trier (from 2008); member of the Research Group on Existing EC Private Law (‘Acquis Group’) (from 2006); Undersecretary of State in the Office of the Committee for European Integration (2008-09), then in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (2010-13); Vice-Chairman of the Scientific Board of the Institute of Justice; Agent of the Polish Government in a large number of cases before the European Union judicature; Head of the Polish delegation at the negotiations on the Treaty on Stability, Coordination and Governance in the Economic and Monetary Union. He is a member of the editorial board of a number of legal journals and is the author of numerous publications in the fields of European law and private international law. He is Advocate General of the Court of Justice of the European Union since 23 October 2013.
CEILA provides a forum for academics, students, and practitioners who share an interest in European and Public International Law from different perspectives, including normative, doctrinal, empirical and socio-legal approaches to specific policy areas, constitutional matters and / or the relationship between the two regimes. Our aim is to muster scholarly expertise, research and teaching of outstanding quality, contributing to the progressive development of both EU Law and Public International Law, and fostering a broader understanding of underlying and overarching issues within and across both areas of law. On the basis of wide-ranging discussions and analysis, we work towards the resolution of current legal problems in both the European and international legal planes, conceiving of the Centre as a collaborative and open platform for intellectual production and exchange with a distinctive and inclusive identity, welcoming scholars at all career levels working and interested in both European and Public International Law, in just one of these fields, or in their interaction.
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