European Union Law and Government

2018 Apr 27

How to Win the Future: A Conversation with Joaquín Almunia

Registration Closed 5:00pm to 6:30pm

Location: 

26 Trowbridge St., Cambridge, MA

The RCC and Harvard Spain are proud to announce a special event for RCC Fellows and Harvard Spain students. Please join us for an off-the-record conversation with Joaquín Almunia about current issues and the political situation in Spain, Europe and the World. 

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2018 Apr 23

The Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) on Headscarves in the Workplace: A Commentary

2:15pm to 4:00pm

Location: 

Hoffmann Room, Adolphus Busch Hall, Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies, 27 Kirkland Street at Cabot Way, Cambridge, MA

The Court of Justice of the European Union issued its much-anticipated decisions on two requests for preliminary rulings concerning whether the prohibition on wearing headscarves at the workplace constitutes discrimination (C-188/15 Asma Bougnaoui, ADDH v. Micropole SA and C-157/15 Achbita v. G4S Secure Solutions NV). The decisions are trying to set out refined criteria, which would define the permissibility of limiting employees’ headscarves at work. In both cases the court held that limitations on employees’ religious headscarves can be acceptable if they are based on an internal...

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2018 Apr 20

Los Indignados: Tides of Social Insertion in Spain

5:15pm to 6:15pm

Location: 

RCC Conference Room, 26 Trowbridge St., Cambridge MA

The emergent Indignados movement in Spain is transforming Spanish politics and society, heralding an end to the Transition since Franco, and responding to multiple legitimation crises in Spain and in Europe. This movement is rooted in the Stop Evictions campaign led by Ada Colau in Barcelona following the bursting of the subprime mortgage bubble in the wake of the 2008; as well as the 15-M Movement arising in May 2011 Puerta del Sol of Madrid, symbolizing the Indignez-Vous outrage of a lost...

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2018 Apr 06

2018 Harvard European Law Symposium — Europe and the US: Isolationism First?

9:30am to 5:00pm

Location: 

Harvard Law School, WCC 1023

The Harvard European Law Association (HELA) is excited to announce its 2018 Symposium, taking place on Friday April 6, 2018, entitled “Europe and the US: Isolationism First?”

Throughout the past decades, Europe and the US have enjoyed relative welfare from an economic, social, and cultural perspective. As a result, foreign citizens and companies regularly seek access to the European Single Market as well as US territory. However, from travel bans to trade wars on both sides of the Atlantic, such requests for access have been met with various isolationist tendencies....

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2018 Mar 01

Is it Still not Politics, Stupid? The Eurozone’s Balancing Act Between Cyclical Growth and Structural Reforms

4:15pm to 6:00pm

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CES Goldman Room, Adolphus Busch Hall, 27 Kirkland Street at Cabot Way Cambridge, MA

carsten brzeskiThe Eurozone was the big positive surprise of the global economy in 2017. Growth has returned, unemployment is dropping and anti-European sentiment has been defeated; for now. Will Eurozone policymakers use the “good times” to move ahead with further integration or does the Eurozone first need...

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2018 Feb 06

Data Protection from a Transatlantic Perspective: How Private Are EU Citizens' Data?

4:15pm to 5:45pm

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CES Hoffmann Room, Adolphus Busch Hall, 27 Kirkland Street at Cabot Way Cambridge, MA

hickmanWe live in an age defined by information. Both, the volume of data that companies and governments hold about individuals, and the ways in which these data can be used, are expanding on daily basis. Governments on both sides of the Atlantic are struggling to keep up, as the law is increasingly left behind by the...

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2018 Feb 14

The Deepening of EMU and its Impact on Varieties of Capitalism in Europe

4:15pm to 6:00pm

Location: 

CES Hoffmann Room, Adolphus Busch Hall, 27 Kirkland Street at Cabot Way Cambridge, MA

moreno bertoldiThis presentation will evaluate the proposition that the diversity of capitalisms on the continent makes the operation of a monetary union difficult, if not impossible. It will ask: what can be done about that?

Speaker: Moreno Bertoldi, Minister Counselor,...

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2018 Jan 31

Current Challenges of WTO Dispute Settlement: Activism vs. Constructivism

12:00pm to 1:00pm

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Harvard Law School, WCC B015 Classroom

thomas_cottierProf. em. Cottier will discuss some of the jurisprudential issues involved in current WTO disputes and focus on contractual and constitutional interpretation of WTO Law. The discussion will be chaired by Professor Mark Wu and Professor José Manuel Martínez.

Chairs: José Manuel...

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2017 Oct 30

The Decline of the International Rule of Law?

4:15pm to 6:00pm

Location: 

CES Hoffmann Room, Busch Hall, 27 Kirkland Street Cambridge, MA

This Talk by the Chairman of the International Law Commission in the United Nations will examine the role of international law in a changing global order. Prof. Nolte will provide his insights on whether it would it be appropriate to revisit classical elements of international law in order to react to structural changes, which may give rise to a more polycentric or non-polar world order. The event is co-sponsored by the Harvard European Law Association and Prof. Martínez will be the Chair.

Speaker: Prof. Georg Nolte, Chairman UN’s International...

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2017 Oct 25

The Future of Work and Welfare – A German Perspective

4:15pm to 6:00pm

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CES Hoffmann Room, Busch Hall, 27 Kirkland Street Cambridge, MA
Dr. Neufiend will lay out how major stakeholders in Germany are currently discussing the digital transformation, and particularly its effects on the labor market and the welfare system. He will then present the structure and key findings of a comprehensive dialogue process on the future of work and welfare, initiated by the German Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs. He will elaborate on specific challenges Germany faces based on its institutional set-up, vis-à-vis other varieties of capitalism. He concludes by describing policy options currently being discussed within the German government and public sphere, and will offer more general suggestions on how to reform the “German model” to adapt it to the digital age.... Read more about The Future of Work and Welfare – A German Perspective
2017 Oct 16

Transatlantic Tax Forum

Mon - Tue, Oct 22 to Oct 23, 9:00am - 5:00pm

Location: 

RCC Conference Room, 26 Trowbridge St., Cambridge MA

In recent years, the European Commission has ordered EU Member States to recover millions of euros from companies that had received State support in the form of preferential tax treatment, mostly granted by means of advance tax rulings and in some cases connected with unintended tax advantages arising from the exploitation of cross-border tax disparities. The issuing of such orders constituted the first major bulk of procedures enforcing the prohibition of State aids in tax matters and affecting mainly (though not exclusively) US multinational enterprises.

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2017 Oct 18

EU and US Strategies for Competitive Tax Policies

4:15pm to 6:00pm

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CES Hoffmann Room, Busch Hall, 27 Kirkland Street Cambridge, MA

Global competition engages the EU and the US in a battle for competitive tax policies. The prohibition of State aids and the compatibility of export subsidies with WTO will be tackled among other issues. The panelists will evaluate how EU and the US are re-shaping their tax systems. The dichotomy between national and supranational competences on tax matters inside the EU represent an additional element of complexity in the development of the external strategy of the European Union in this field.

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2017 Oct 12

The Hunger Games: Winners and Losers in the Coordination and Implementation of Eurozone Austerity Policies

4:15pm to 6:00pm

Location: 

CES Goldman Room, 27 Kirkland Street Cambridge, MA
The Eurozone crisis exposed weakness in the administrational structure of EU Member States, particularly those financially most vulnerable. When receiving financial assistance from the EU and the IMF, domestic administrations have faced a new legal and institutional landscape. They had to negotiate with the Troika and implement the corresponding Memoranda of Understanding (MoU) under the pressure of strict deadlines and “conditionality” clauses.
2016 Nov 17

Spanish and European International Arbitration: Institutional and Practitioner Perspectives

12:00pm to 1:00pm

Location: 

Hauser Hall Room 102 Cambridge, MA 02138 United States (Law School)

RCC gladly co-sponsors and welcomes Francisco Malaga and Javier Iscar de Hoyos to speak about the state of play on the Spanish and European international arbitration scene. Francisco Malaga, as the head of Linklater’s Spain practice, will offer a viewpoint from the practitioner’s side, while Javier Iscar de Hoyos, as head of the European Center of Arbitration, will offer an institutional perspective.  

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