CELLS Second Century Guest Lecture: ‘Constitutionalism and the Enlargement of Europe’, Professor Wojciech Sadurski
Speaker: Professor Wojciech Sadurski, University of Sydney
Chair: Dr Jen Hendry, University of Leeds
After the fall of Communism in Central and Eastern Europe (CEE), the newly democratized countries of this region joined two main pan-European political and legal structures: the Council of Europe and the European Union.
In this lecture, Professor Sadurski will show that the enlargement (first, prospective, and then, actual) has been an important agenda-setter for the constitutionalization of the EU, in particular, for openly placing the issue of fundamental rights on the EU agenda as a legitimate (indeed, indispensable) matter of concern for the EU. But the 'constitutional synergies' were a two-way street: the accession to both pan-European structures has also affected the development of democratic constitutionalism in CEE states. It has raised difficult issues regarding the relationships between national sovereignty, democracy, and human rights that CEE policy makers have grappled with; these issues and responses by CEE member states have had implications for the 'old' EU member states as well.
Professor Sadurski is the Challis Chair in Jurisprudence at the University of Sydney, and an expert in the fields of legal theory, political philosophy, comparative constitutionalism, the constitutionalism of Central & Eastern Europe, and human rights. He has published widely in those areas, including a recent OUP monograph entitled ‘Constitutionalism & the Enlargement of Europe’ (2012).
From 1999-2009, Professor Sadurski was Professor of Legal Theory and Philosophy of Law in the Department of Law, European University Institute (EUI) in Florence. He holds a Professorial chair in the University of Warsaw's Centre for Europe and is a visiting Professor at both the University of Trento and in Cardozo Law School in New York.
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