Lawyers for Power or Powerful Lawyers? The Role and functioning the European Commission’s Legal Service Today


Monday, November 17, 2014, 12:15pm to 2:00pm


Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies, Cabot Room, Busch Hall, 27 Kirkland Street, Cambridge.

RCC is pleased to announce this talk featuring Margarida Afonso, member of the Legal Service of the European Commission and Fellow at Weatherhead Center for International Affairs, Harvard University.Despite of the fact that the role of the legal experts in international or supranational organizations is often unknown, they can play a key role, for both the efficiency of the organization and for the capacity of delivering policies. This general assessment is particularly true in the case of the European Union and the European Commission for being the most powerful supranational executive body in the world. This lecture will explain what is the Legal Service of the European Union, what are its specific and unique tasks and what role does it play within the European Commission and the overall machinery of the European Union.

Sponsor(s): CES Study Group in EU Law and Government; Jean Monnet ad personam Chair in European Union Law and Government.

Contact: Jose Manuel Martinez Sierra