Comparative public law in Europe
You are warmly invited to the conference “Comparative public law in Europe – Opportunities and Challenges”, organized at the British Academy (10-11 Carlton House Terrace, St. James’s, London SW1Y 5AH) on 24th March 2017 (from 8:45 to 17:30). The conference is organized by the Essex School of Law and financially supported by a British Academy Rising Star Engagement Award.
As questions about the future of Europe continue to increase, this conference seeks to foster discussions about the contribution that comparative public law can offer to the current political and legal, constitutional, administrative and regulatory debates. In times when European countries are tempted to close themselves up, comparative public law offers tools and frameworks for countries to learn from each other’s systems, reflect on these lessons and adapt their own solutions built on an understanding of the specificities of each other.
There are however major questions regarding the ways in which comparative public law can be made operational: How do we, as researchers, engage with public bodies, lawyers, civil servants and judges to identify their needs for our expertise? How do we best cooperate with actors outside academia? How do we make our research relevant in the short and longer term? How can we build trust with actors outside academia so that collaboration can enrich each other’s work? If there are tremendous potentialities for collaboration, are there also limits to these? How do we best take them into account?
Members of the French Conseil d’Etat and of the Policy Department at the European Parliament and distinguished academics, including Professor Bell (Cambridge), Professor Birkinshaw (Hull), Professor Cane (Cambridge), Professor Hofmann (Luxembourg) and Professor Racca (Turin) have kindly agreed to join our discussions.
Objectives of this conference
This conference is free of charge, but reservation is essential by 10th March 2017 as the number of places is limited. Please follow this link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/comparative-public-law-in-europe-opportunities-and-challenges-tickets-31150174009
Friday 24th March
9:00-9:15 Welcome and Introduction
9:15-10:30 Session 1) Paradigm Shifts in Traditional Interactions
10:30-10:45 Coffee Break
10:45-12:15 Session 2) Times of Changes, Times of Experimentation
12:15-12:45 Lunch Break
Friday 24th March
12:45-13:45 Key note speech
13:45-15:15 Session 3) Time of Crises : Can the Hidden Potentialities Be Unlocked?
15:15-15:30 Coffee break
15:30-16:45 Session 4) Perspectives from Non-Academic Actors
16:45-17:00 Jus Publicum Prize
Professor John Bell (Cambridge), Professor Gabriella Racca (Turin)