Europeanisation and European integration theory and legal research projects (target audience: PhD researchers. Speaker: Prof Schiek)
This seminar gives an overview of the interdisciplinary character of European studies, and then focuses on political science approaches to European integration and Europeanization. It will highlight research of relevance to legal research on the EU, and give examples how these approaches can be used for (PhD) research in European legal studies.
It is the first seminar in a series targeting PhD researchers (but open to all) on European integration studies under socio-legal perspectives. Because European integration began as a “law in action” project, no self-respecting legal scholar tackles EU law without referring to European integration theory or Europeanization. Seminal research projects such as “Integration through law” (Weiler et al eds, 1980s) were entirely interdisciplinary.
Likewise, political scientists frequently undertake research in legal fields, e.g. the Court of Justice of the European Union (e.g. Karen Alter, The European Court’s political Power, 2009). Conducting an interdisciplinary (PhD) project in European legal studies project can still be challenging, and many researchers revert to mono-disciplinary approaches as a result. The series tries to alleviate these difficulties.