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CIC Halifax: Models of institutionalised (dis-)integration? What next for the EU-US, CETA and Brexit?’

March 24, 2017 @ 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm EDT


Despite its ostensible centrality to the study of institutions and their evolution in the EU context, there is little by way of legal literature focused upon the European Union which considers the concept ‘institutionalisation’. Similarly, there is no innately multi-disciplinary or shared understanding of the term across disciplines. However, it ‘matters’. Organisations which incorporate ‘institutionalised’ practices, innovate institutions or systems are perceived to be more legitimate, successful and likely to succeed. The global climate for institutionalisation has shifted dramatically. The era of the Trump administration and Brexit ostensibly puts new pressures upon the global legal order and its rules-based ideals through institutions, but also the EU’s projects of institutionalization. The EU still has an ambitious array of agreements under negotiation, not least its negotiations with Canada, now appearin g to come to fruition. However, significant challenges lie ahead with a new level of hostility from the US administration towards Europe not witnessed in the post-World War II era and a hard Brexit looms large under a tight negotiation deadline with the UK after its landmark Brexit vote.

Speaker’s Biography
Dr Elaine Fahey is Emile Noël fellow at New York University (NYU) Law School and Reader in Law and Associate Dean (International) at the Institute for the Study of European Law (ISEL), the City Law School, City University London. She was previously a Senior Postdoctoral Researcher at Amsterdam Centre for European Law & Governance (ACELG) at the University of Amsterdam from 2011-2014, a Max Weber Fellow at the European University Institute (EUI), Florence (2009-2011) and was previously an Assistant Lecturer and Lecturer in Law in Ireland (Dublin Institute of Technology; Trinity College Dublin). She has practised as a Barrister in Ireland and was Chairperson of the Irish Society for European Law. She has been a visiting fellow at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, the College of Europe, Bruges, the Institute for Advanced Legal Studies and the Global Governance Programme, Robert Schuman Centre, EUI, Florence. She has been a stagiaire at the Court of Justice of the European Union in Luxembourg, a Judicial Research Assistant, Four Courts, Dublin and a Judicial Extern, Los Angeles District Court.

Her research interests span the relationship between EU law and global governance, the EU’s Area of Freedom, Security and Justice and the study of postnational rule-making, and are the subject of over 40 publications including books, articles, edited volumes and special issues, including a monograph, The Global Reach of EU Law (Routledge, 2016) and the multi-disciplinary edited volumes The Actors of Postnational Rule-Making: Conceptual Challenges of European and International Law (Routledge, 2015) and A Transatlantic Community of Law (Cambridge University Press, 2014).

In 2016, she has been awarded a British Academy/ Leverhulme Research Grant for the project Between Internal Laws and Global Practices: UN Instruments in the EU’s Area of Freedom, Security and Justice. She is co-investigator in the Marie Curie ITN on TTIP led by the University of Birmingham (2017-2021).

Event Partner
Jean Monnet European Union Center of Excellence, Dalhousie University

Date and Time
Friday March 24, 2017
3:30pm to 5:00pm

Weldon Law Building, Schulich School of Law
6061 University Avenue, Room 204
Halifax, Nova Scotia B3H 4H9

This is a free event.

Event Contact
Valerie Bachynsky | vbachynsky@eastlink.ca | (902)432-9361

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March 24, 2017
3:30 pm - 5:00 pm EDT