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Reading Sessions: Dr Angelos Dimopoulos

13 January 2016

Time: 12:00 - 2:00pm
Venue: Room 313, Law Building, School of Law, Queen Mary University of London, Mile End Road, London E1 4NS

The Centre for European and International Legal Affairs (CEILA) hosts this Reading Session with Dr Angelos Dimopoulos (Queen Mary University of London) with commentary from Dr Anne Thies (Reading).

The aim of CEILA Reading Sessions is for colleagues to present ‘work in progress’ and gain detailed, expert feedback in an informal, collegial atmosphere, giving the author the opportunity to identify any issues early on and gain insights to improve the overall quality of the research.

Reading Sessions are open to the public, so any interested party is invited to attend and share views over cutting-edge research undertaken at the department. Lunch will be offered to attendees. Registration is free, but obligatory.


The autonomy of EU legal order has acquired an important role in setting limits to the ability of the EU and its Member States to conclude international agreements with third countries and between themselves. In addition to questions of competence which determine when the EU and its Member States can act internationally, the autonomy of EU law has been used by the Court of Justice of the EU, most recently in Opinion 2/13, as a criterion for determining if and what kind of dispute settlement EU and Member State international agreements can include. Within this framework, this paper aims to explore the constitutional foundations behind the EU law principles governing the ability of the EU and Member States to participate in international dispute settlement. It argues that the autonomy of EU law does not present an “autonomous” criterion for determining the compatibility of international dispute settlement mechanisms with EU law. As regards EU and Member State international action, the autonomy of EU law is essentially embodying the principle of conferral, which sets out when the EU and its Member States have the competence to conclude international agreements and how they can exercise their respective competences.


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