Constructive Links or Dangerous Liasons? The Case of Public International Law and European Union Law

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25 June 2015 - 26 June 2015

Time: 10:00am - 1:00pm
Venue: Clark-Kennedy Lecture Theatre, The Queen Mary Innovation Centre, Walden Street, Whitechapel, London E1 2AX

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Event Description: 

After an introductory roundtable discussion held in October 2014 on the general aspects of the relationship between EU law and PIL to set the scene, the project 'Beyond Pluralism? Co-Implication, Embeddedness and Interdependency between Public International Law and EU Law' opened in medias res, analysing specific legal areas from the viewpoint of both the EU and PIL in a series of thematic dialogues (on monetary policy, energy & environmental law, human rights, crime, justice & terrorism, and common foreign & security policy), taking place from October 2014 to March 2015. An inductive methodology has been followed, based on direct observation of the respective thematic field, intended to allow contributors to draw conclusions on the actual processes of reception, compliance and/or contestation between the EU and international legal orders on that basis. This concluding two-day workshop will serve to put findings into perspective, reflect upon them and consider how best to articulate the link between the two regimes, possibly re-defining their relationship and offering a comprehensive account of their interaction, overcoming the limitations of monist, dualist and pluralist approaches.



10:00 - Registration & morning coffee

10:45 - Welcome by convenors Dr Paul Gragl and Dr Violeta Moreno-Lax

11:00 - 12:30

(1)Governance: Allocating Powers and Responsibilities in the International Sphere

Chair/discussant:  Professor Takis Tridimas (King's College London)


Professor Niels M Blokker (Leiden) International Legal Personality of the EU
Dr Angelos Dimopoulos (Queen Mary) Powers and Competences of the EU
Professor Esa Paasivirta (European Commission / College d'Europe)

Lunch 12:30 - 13:30

13:30 - 15:00
(2) Sources Customary International Law, Treaties, and Law of the EU

Chair/discussant:  Professor Roger O'Keefe (UCL)


Professor Ramses A Wessel (Twente) Legal Sources and Why Public International Law does not Borrow from EU Law
Dr Theodore Konstandinides (Surrey) Customary Law as a Source of EU Law and Vice Versa: A Two-Way Fertilisation Route
Dr Antonios Tzanakopoulos (Oxford) UN Law and the EU Legal Order

15:00 - 15:30 Coffee break

15:30 - 17:00
(3) Secondary rules - Norms of interpretation

Chair/discussant:  Professor Jean d'Aspremont (Manchester / Amsterdam)


Professor Malgosia Fitzmaurice (Queen Mary) The Use of Article 31 VCLT by the CJEU and its Conformity with General Rules of Interpretation
Dr Gunnar Beck (SOAS) The CJEU's Cumulative Approach to Interpretation.
Dr Violeta Moreno-Lax (Queen Mary) Towards a Meta-Axiology? Human Rights as Regime Bridge.

17:00 - 17:15 Preliminary conclusions by convenors

17:30 Drinks for all attendees

19:00 Dinner for speakers


09:00 - 10:30
(4) Doctrines and Devices Articulating the Dialogue

Chair/discussant:  Dr Mario Mendez (Queen Mary)


Professor Katja Ziegler (Leicester) Systemic Integration: Risks and Opportunities
Dr Saskia Hufnagel (Queen Mary) Practice as Trust-building Tool: The case of Police Cooperation
Dr Tobias Lock (Edinburgh) Judicial Dialogue in Human Rights: Implications beyond Theory

10:30 -  11:00 Coffee break

11:00 - 12:30
(5) Principles Questions of Autonomy, Authority, and Hierarchy

Chair/discussant:  Dr Maks Del Mar (Queen Mary)

Professor Pavlos Eleftheriadis (Oxford) Towards Universal Constitutionalism
Dr Paul Gragl (Queen Mary) Hierarchies between (International) Legal Orders
Professor Sionaidh Douglas-Scott (Oxford) Networks as Alternative System Maker

12:30-  Closing remarks and publication plans by convenors