Dr Massimo Fichera, Academy of Finland Fellow and member of the PolCon network, will be presenting his new book The Foundations of the EU as a Polity (Elgar, 2018) on Monday, 4 February 2019, from 4pm to 6pm, in lecture room 14 (University main building).
In his insightful book, Dr Fichera provides an original account of European integration as a process – completed by the creation of the Area of Freedom, Security and Justice. The study builds upon a demonstration of how European constitutionalism has been informed by a meta-rationale, which is expressed by security and fundamental rights as discourses of power. The book uses this conceptual framework to analyse the development of the EU as a polity. Chapters cover significant recent crises, including the Eurozone, refugees, the rule of law, Brexit and constitutional identity. These events are not only recognized as being political shocks, but more meaningful and long-lasting occurrences which have had, and will continue to have, a deep impact on the development of the EU as a legal and political system. In light of this, the variety of crises that have recently affected the EU are discussed with thought given to their impact as an interlinking whole.
The event is organised by the Research Seminar in Global, European, and Private International Law (GENIAL).