March 6, 2013

Understanding the EU and its Crisis through the Lens of Democracy: A Conversation

Workshop convened by Professor Kalypso Nicolaïdis, Joint Straus/Senior Emile Noël Fellow, NYU School of Law; Professor of International Relations, University of Oxford, and Professor Joseph Weiler, Director, Jean Monnet Center for International and Regional Economic Law & Justice; Director, The Straus Institute for the Advanced Study of Law & Justice NYU School of Law.

Discussion Abstract: Conversation was based around the two pieces on demoicracy published in the March 2013 issue of JCMS by Cheneval/Schimmelfennig and Nicolaidis. Initial commentaries were offered, inter alia, by Joseph Weiler on messianism and the fate of demoicracy; Bellamy and Dario Castiglione on issues of representation and citizenship; and Christian Joerges on issues of law and politics through a demoicratic lens.

Possible Themes: What does “democracy” mean; How does the concept relate to the debate on European constitutionalism and international law; What are the institutional implications of a democratic understanding and how should we combine vertical and  horizontal dimensions; What kinds of democratic expression best fit a democratic polity; Is European democracy stable and to what extent is it threatened by the current crisis; What determines whether a democracy is no longer a democracy – e.g. is “not a state” a useful criterion; How does a democracy bypass stalemates and veto players; How can we best combine normative and deductive methods in elaborating a democratic approach?

Workshop Contributors:

Philippe Raynaud, Straus Fellow, NYU School of Law; University of Panthéon-Assas
Kenneth Armstrong, Senior Emile Noël Fellow, NYU School of Law; Queen Mary University of London
Pasquale Pasquino, Joint Straus/Senior Emile Noël Fellow, NYU School of Law; New York University
Luis Barroso, Emile Noël Fellow, NYU School of Law; Católica University
Sara Lorenzon, Emile Noël Fellow, NYU School of Law; University of Ferrara
Christina Eckes, Emile Noël Fellow, NYU School of Law; University of Amsterdam
Bosko Tripkovic, NYU School of Law
Peter Lindseth, University of Connecticut
Daniel Kelemen, Rutgers University
James Bohman, Saint Louis University
Jan-Werner Mueller, Princeton University
Franck Schimmelfennig, ETH Zurich (European Politics Research Group)
Francis Cheneval, University of Zurich
Pavlos Eleftheriadis, University of Oxford
Dario Castiglione, University of Exeter
Christian Joerges, University of Bremen; Hertie-School of Governance
Sandra Lavenex, University of Lucerne
Turkuler Isiksel, Columbia University
François-Xavier Millet, University of Toulouse 1 Capitole
Antoinette Scherz, University of Zurich
Rebecca Welge, ETH Zurich (European Politics Research Group)
Thomas Winzen, ETH Zurich (Center for Comparative and International Studies)

Workshop Participants:

Gráinne de Búrca, NYU School of Law
Robert Howse, NYU School of Law
Sujit Choudhry, NYU School of Law
Bruce Cain, Straus Fellow NYU School of Law; Stanford University
Jack Snyder, Straus Fellow, NYU School of Law; Columbia University
Laurence Boisson de Chazournes, Senior Emile Noël Fellow, NYU School of Law; University of Geneva
Ivana Isailovic, NYU School of Law
Thomas Carter Adams, NYU School of Law
Niels Petersen, NYU School of Law
Anu Bradford, Columbia Law School
Charles Sabel, Columbia University
Cristina Gonta, Columbia University
Afroditi Giovanopoulou, Harvard Law School (S.J.D.)
Michael Buess, University of Lucerne
Michal Tamir, Tikvah Fellow, NYU School of Law
Guy Sinclair, J.S.D. Student, NYU School of Law
Valeria Silva, Global Research Fellow, NYU School of Law
Catherine McCauliff, Seton Hall University School of Law
Valentin Bojilov, LL.M Student, NYU School of Law
Christiane Lemke, Max Weber Chair in German and European Studies, NYU
Beate Sissenich, Visiting Scholar, Center for European and Mediterranean Studies, NYU
Kostis Kornetis, Center for European and Mediterranean Studies, NYU
Margarita Markoviti, The European Institute, LSE
Florian Hoffman, Dekeyser & Friends