Olimpiad S. Ioffe Professor of International and Comparative Law Peter L. Lindseth has been at the forefront of legal commentators analyzing the crisis of the common currency in Europe - the euro - and its impact on the process of European integration and national sovereignty. Most recently, Lindseth, who also serves as the Law School's director of international programs, provided the keynote lecture at the 16th Annual Irish European Law Forum on "Changing Sovereignty in Europe" at University College, Dublin on December 5-6, 2013.
Lindseth's talk, entitled "Sovereignty, the Nation-State, and Integration History," was co-sponsored by the Irish Prime Minister's "Communicating Europe" initiative and was held at the Royal Irish Academy on the eve the conference.Introducing Lindseth was Ms. Justice Mary Laffoy of the Irish Supreme Court. The lecture included a wide-ranging discussion of integration's past and future, with specific reference to the euro crisis and its particular impact on Irish public law. Lindseth's talk, built on the expertise that he regularly displays in the classrooms both as a lawyer and historian, explored important aspects of the history of public governance both within and beyond the state, as well as their intersection with changes in the international economy over the course of the last half-century.