CANCELLED. European Legal Order Seminar - CES 50th Anniversary Series. 50 Years of European Union Law, Democracy, and Fundamental Rights


Monday, March 30, 2020, 4:30pm to 6:00pm


Lower Level Conference Room, Adolphus Busch Hall

European Union (EU) is considered a central pillar of the genesis and development of the EU project. However, since the fall of the Berlin Wall and the EU's enlargement, many challenges have emerged and eroded its fundamentals.


This panel will focus on the historical evolution and current strength of three vital basics of EU law: the rule of law, democracy, and fundamental rights.

The speakers will focus on how EU Institutions have consolidated over time and the challenges that the current trend of backsliding in some member states poses for the present and future of the EU.

Speakers: Kim Lane Scheppele. Laurance S. Rockefeller Professor of Sociology and International Affairs, Woodrow Wilson School & The University Center for Human Values, Princeton University; Jan Wouters, Professor of International Law and International Organizations; Jean Monnet ad Personam Professor in EU and Global Governance; Founding Director of The Institute for International Law & The Leuven Centre for Global Governance Studies, KU Leuven; Rui Tavares. Visiting Professor of History, University of Massachusetts Lowell; Member of European Parliament (2009-2014).

Chair: José Manuel Martinez Sierra. Jean Monnet ad Personam Professor in EU Law and Government, Real Colegio Complutense, Harvard University; CES Local Affiliate & Seminar Co-chair, Harvard University.

Sponsors: RCC; European Legal Order Seminar; CES 50th Anniversary Events Series; Harvard European Law Association.