Faculty of Education, Social Sciences and Law

School of Law

CELLS Seminar: ‘Constitutional Balance in the EU after the Euro Crisis’, Professor Mark Dawson (Hertie School of Governance, Berlin)

05 June 2014 | 4pm - 6pm | Seminar
Liberty Building G.28

Speaker: Professor Mark Dawson, Hertie School of Governance (Berlin) 

Discussant: Professor Malcolm Sawyer, Leeds University Business School

Chair: Dr Jen Hendry, University of Leeds School of Law, Centre for European Law

Seminar Abstract:

This talk, and the paper on which it is based, will explore how the European Union's response to the euro-crisis has altered the constitutional balance upon which its stability is based. The paper argues that the stability and legitimacy of any political system requires the structural incorporation of individual and political self- determination. In the context of the EU, this requirement is met through the idea of constitutional balance: a balance which carries 'substantive', 'institutional' and 'spatial' dimensions. Analysing reforms to EU law and to the EU's institutional structure in the wake of the crisis - such as the establishment of the European Stability Mechanism, the growing influence of the European Council and the creation of a stand-alone Fiscal Compact - it is argued that recent reforms are likely to have a lasting impact on the ability of the EU to mediate conflicting interests in all three areas. By undermining its constitutional balance, the response to the crisis could endanger the long-term stability of the EU project. The lecture will conclude by exploring the feasibility and desirability of recent EU reform proposals from a constitutional perspective.

Professor Mark Dawson (Speaker)

Mark Dawson is a Professor of European Law and Governance at the Hertie School of Governance. His research focuses on the relationship in the EU between law and policy-making – he recently published a book on ‘New Governance and the Transformation of European Law’ (Cambridge University Press, 2011).

Mark holds degrees from the Universities of Edinburgh and Aberdeen as well as a PhD from the European University Institute in Florence. He has been a visiting scholar at the Institute for Global Legal Studies of the University of Wisconsin and a Visiting Fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School. Before joining the Hertie School, Mark Dawson taught at Maastricht University; he remains a scholar within the Maastricht Centre for European Law.

Location Details

G.28, The Liberty Building
The School of Law
University of Leeds

The Liberty Building is number 16 on the campus map, and is situated on the corner of Moorland Road and Belle Vue Road on the Western Campus of the University of Leeds. It is situated behind the Maurice Keyworth Building (Business School).

  • From Leeds train station, it is a 30 minute walk or you can take a taxi for around £5.00.
  • Alternatively, the number 56 bus runs from Albion Street via Woodhouse Lane (A660) and stops on Moorland Road. These run every 10 minutes.
  • If travelling by car, there is a visitors' car park at the south end of the University campus or there is limited four-hour street parking on Belle Vue Road immediately behind the Liberty Building.

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