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Comparative public law in Europe

Conference – Comparative public law in Europe – 24th March 2017


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

  • Developing a comparative public law research agenda in Europe, taking into account the stimulating, though at times extremely uncertain times that the current European crises bring to the fore
  • Discussing the research methods that are most conducive to this comparative research agenda
  • Fostering multilateral discussions between academics at all stages of their careers, and especially early career academics, and legal practitioners, policy experts/policy makers from a diversity of professional horizons
  • Identifying and facilitating opportunities for further collaboration and cooperation among academics and legal practitioners, policy experts/policy makers from the United Kingdom and continental Europe
  • Sharing best practices on turning research projects based on engagement into academic publications


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:


Friday 24th March


8:30-9:00           Registration

9:00-9:15              Welcome and Introduction

  • Dr Yseult Marique (Essex/Speyer)

9:15-10:30           Session 1) Paradigm Shifts in Traditional Interactions  

  • Chair: Professor Cristina Fraenkel-Haeberle (Speyer)
  • Ana Bobic (Oxford) and Dr Josephine Van Zeben (Oxford): ECJ Jurisprudence as Joint Venture of the ECJ and National Courts
  • Luigi Pedreschi (EUI): Public Services and EU Trade – Framing the Debate through Sector Analysis
  • Dr Mariolina Eliantonio (Maastricht): The Status and Effect of EU Soft Law in the National Legal Systems – A Survey amongst the National Judiciary and its Challenges
  • Discussions

10:30-10:45        Coffee Break

10:45-12:15        Session 2) Times of Changes, Times of Experimentation

  • Chair: Professor Herwig Hofmann (Luxembourg)
  • Dr Carlo Colombo (Tilburg): The Advent of the Collaborative State and the Transformation of Administrative Law
  • Dr Emilie Chevallier (Limoges): Comparing Public Law in the Field of Social Rights – In Search of Purpose and Pathways
  • Dr Mary Guy (Lancaster): Sectoral Regulation in Dutch and English Healthcare – Challenges and Opportunities in Changing Times
  • Dr Akis Psygkas (Bristol): The EU as a Promoter of Regulatory Democracy – A Bottom-up Approach
  • Discussions

12:15-12:45        Lunch Break

Friday 24th March


12:45-13:45        Key note speech

  • Chair: Professor Gabriella Racca (Turin)
  • Professor Birkinshaw (Hull): The Future of Public Law
  • Discussant: Professor Herwig Hofmann (Luxembourg)
  • Discussions

13:45-15:15        Session 3) Time of Crises : Can the Hidden Potentialities Be Unlocked?

  • Chair: Professor Peter Cane (Cambridge)
  • Oliver Butler (Cambridge): The Public-Private Divide in UK Data Protection Law – Engagement during and after Brexit
  • Dr Marleen Zouteweij (Fribourg): Promoting Circular Movement – A Vicious CircleDr Liesbeth Todts (Antwerp): Freedom-restricting Public Order Powers in Belgian Administrative Law –Challenges and Opportunities of Engaging with Administrative and Criminal Authorities
  • Dr Nikos Skoutaris (UEA): State-Region Relations at the Time of the Euro-Crisis
  • Discussions

15:15-15:30        Coffee break

15:30-16:45        Session 4) Perspectives from Non-Academic Actors

  • Chair: Dr Carlo Panara (John Moore Liverpool)
  • Mr Louis Dutheillet de Lamothe (French Conseil d’Etat, Maître des requêtes)
  • Dr Chiara Chauvire (French Conseil d’Etat, Cellule de droit comparé)
  • Mr Miguel Tell Cremades (European Parliament, Policy Department for Citizens’ Rights and Constitutional Affairs – DG internal policies)
  • Discussions

16:45-17:00     Jus Publicum Prize

Professor John Bell (Cambridge), Professor Gabriella Racca (Turin)

17:00-17:30        Conclusions

  • Professor John Bell (Cambridge)




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