A Continent Divided: Nationalism and the European Union

A Continent Divided: Nationalism and the European Union
Friday, April 7, 2017 8:30 am to 5:00 pm

The European Coal and Steel Community, the predecessor to the European Union and established by the Treaty of Paris in 1951, was formed with the aim to “make war not only unthinkable but materially impossible.”  Over the past sixty years, the European Union has developed a single internal market and ensures the free movement of people, goods, services, and capital within the Union.  However, the resurgence of a nationalist sentiment across Europe threatens the very fabric of the Union.  This symposium will consider some of the factors that have contributed to this uncertain climate, including the Eurozone crisis and the greater financial crisis which crippled Europe starting in 2010.  It will also examine the United Kingdom’s shocking vote to leave the European Union, commonly known as Brexit, and the current rule of law crises in Poland and Hungary.

8:30 am - 9:00 am
Check-in and Complimentary Breakfast
9:00 am - 9:20 am
Introductory Remarks

Timothy Fisher, Dean, University of Connecticut School of Law
Navid Wheeler, Editor-in-Chief, Connecticut Journal of International Law

9:20 am - 10:50 am
Panel 1 – The United Kingdom: From Eurosceptic to Brexit

Gráinne de Búrca, NYU School of Law
Frank Emmert, Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law
Peter L. Lindseth, University of Connecticut School of Law
Peter Rutland, Wesleyan University

Moderator: Willajeanne F. McLean, University of Connecticut School of Law

10:50 am - 11:00 am
11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Panel 2 – The Eurozone and the European Economic Crisis

Tanja Bender, Leiden University
Jeffery Atik, Loyola Law School
Federico Fabbrini, Dublin City University
Philomila Tsoukala, Georgetown Law

Moderator: Stephen Utz, University of Connecticut School of Law

12:30 pm - 1:00 pm
1:00 pm - 1:50 pm
Keynote Address

The Honorable Pierre Vimont, Senior Fellow, Carnegie Europe; former Ambassador of France to the United States; former Executive Secretary-General of the European External Action Service

1:50 pm - 2:00 pm
2:00 pm - 3:20 pm
Panel 3 – The Rule of Law Crisis in Poland and Hungary

R. Daniel Kelemen, Rutgers University
Daniel Hegedüs, German Council on Foreign Relations
Vlad Perju, Boston College Law School

Moderator: Mark Janis, University of Connecticut School of Law

3:20 pm - 3:30 pm
Closing Remarks

Ángel Oquendo, Faculty Advisor, Connecticut Journal of International Law


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Reading Room
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