Faculty of Education, Social Sciences and Law

School of Law

The European Union’s economic and social model – still viable in a global crisis?

08 December 2011 - 09 December 2011 | See programme for timings | Conference
Lecture Theatre LG.06, The Liberty Building, University of Leeds

Building on the experience of the recently concluded research projects 'European Economic and Social Constitutionalism after the Treaty of Lisbon'  and 'Reflexive Governance in the Public Interest', the Centre for European Law and Legal Studies (CELLS) is proud to announce the Conference 'The European Union’s economic and social model – still viable in a global crisis?'

The conference will continue the critical reflection of tensions between economic and social integration within the EU and of new governance styles in the EU. Additionally, it seeks to expand those debates towards global impacts of the EU economic and social model as well as the impacts of the global crisis upon this model. We now invite papers discussing any of these three strands of the debate.

This conference is convened by the Centre’s executive committee, which is chaired by its director Professor Dr Dagmar Schiek. It is part of a series of academic events celebrating the School of Law’s move to a modern building for the second century of its history.

Call for Papers

The call for papers is now closed. 


The conference will be divided into three panels following three streams of discussion.

The stream ‘tensions between the economic and the social in the EU model’ (panel 1) highlights debates that have focused on the internal affairs with a view to the question in how far the EU can serve as a global model.

The stream ‘how to shape the EU’s economic and social model’ (panel 3) allows discussions which maintain an inner EU focus as well as comparative ones or which go beyond the EU in other ways. The main aim in this stream is to consider the role of rights and adjudication in comparison with other forms of governance, which are often referred to as ‘new governance’.

The third stream features papers that critically reflect on the viability of ‘the EU’s economic and social model in a changing global landscape’ (panel 2), both with relation to the model character of Europe and with relation to its impact on the global economic development. For the detailed programme please follow the link below or download the PDF.


    Information on the Contributors



        Registration is now open. The registration fee is £60.00.


        The dinner could only be booked until 30 November.


        We have arranged a reduced room rate for this conference at the Ibis Hotel Leeds Centre, 23 Marlborough Street, Leeds LS1 4PB, at a reduced price of £46.00 per room per night including breakfast. If you wish to book a room at the reduced rate:

        • Call (0113 2204100) / email (h3652-it@accor.com) FAO Danika Thomson.
        • Quote the Conference Name & Reference number 133799.
        • Provide credit/debit card details to guarantee the booking.

        The hotel can only guarantee the reduced rate until the 16th of November, so early booking is advised.

        Directions from the Ibis Hotel Leeds Centre to the conference.

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          Location Details

          Lecture Theatre LG.06
          School of Law
          University of Law
          The Liberty Building
          LS2 9JT


          The Liberty Building is building 16 on the campus map.

          Directions from the Ibis Hotel Leeds Centre.

          There is limited car-parking available on campus at a charge of £5.00.

          Parking spaces are available on campus for blue badge holders. Please contact 0113 343 5491 or carparking@leeds.ac.uk for further details.

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