Europe beyond the crisis? 2012


The EURECO Distinguished Lecture Series 2012 focused on the EU in a time of crisis.

11 September:

Rebecca Adler-Nissen, Centre for European Politics, Department of Political Science, University of Copenhagen:

Two-Speed Europe: The Euro Crisis and the Future of the European Integration Project

Rebecca Adler-Nissen is an Assistant Professor at the Centre for European Politics at the Department of Political Science.

Rebecca Adler-Nissen's primary research interest is the development of the EU and the relationships between its member states. Her research is also centered on diplomacy, differentiated integration, national opt-outs and the transformation of sovereignty in the European Union. She works on international political sociology and theories of European law and politics. At the moment, she is particularly focusing on the Danish EU presidency in 2012, the Danish and British opt outs on the euro as well as on justice- and home affairs, flexible integration, the constitutional development and the common foreign policy and diplomacy.

She was awarded the Gold Medal of the University of Copenhagen for her co-authored treatise on democratic theory, hermeneutics and the EU’s Constitutional Treaty.

18 September:

Mogens Pelt, the SAXO Institute, The Faculty of Humanities, University of Copenhagen:

The Weak Greek State and the History of Greek-German Relations in the Post-War Period

Mogens Pelt is Associate Professor in International History at the Saxo Institute. He has been a Visiting Fellow at the Department of Near Eastern Studies, Princeton University, Deputy-director at the Danish Institute at Athens and he is currently attached to the Commission to Investigate the Danish Security Intelligence Service.

He has recently been awarded a Stanley J. Seeger fellowship (2008-9) at the Program in Hellenic Studies at Princeton University to commence his project “In the service of the Sultan and the Greek State: The Transformation of the Eastern Mediterranean from Multiethnic Empire to Nation States reflected through the life of Bodosakis-Athanasiadis”.

Mogens Pelt has written several books about politics and the role of the military in both Turkey and Greece, as well as weapon trade in the Mediterranean.

2 October:

Peter Pagh, The Faculty of Law, University of Copenhagen:

European Environmental Law: Between Commerce and Ecology

Peter Pagh is a professor in Environmental Law at the Faculty of Law at the University of Copenhagen. He is also the editor of the journal, Miljøretlige afgørelser Afgørelser og Domme. At the Faculty of Law Professor Peter Pagh teaches Danish and International Environmental Law besides doing research on Environmental Law.

His research focuses on Environmental Law, Climate Law, Administrative Law, Neighbor Law, EU Law, and Law on Real Estate. He has written several books on Environmental Law, and more than 200 articles in both national and international journals.

Peter Pagh is known for his several contributions in the debate about Environmental Law and Practice in Denmark. He has on several occasions criticized the Danish Ministry of the Environment for its interpretations of Environmental Law.

9 October:

Marlene Wind, Centre for European Politics, Department of Political Science, University of Copenhagen:

A German Europe? Understanding the Politics of the European Debt Crisis

Professor Marlene Wind is a EURECO Professor in European Politics at the Department of Political Science. She has been one of the driving forces behind the development of the EURECO programme at the University of Copenhagen and has since the launch of the research programme in 2009 been chairing the EURECO academic board. Marlene Wind is also the Director of the Centre for European Politics at the Faculty of Social Sciences.

Marlene Wind’s research is centered on changes in institutions within the EU. Her research over the past years has mainly focused on the interplay between law and politics within the European Union and on institutional changes within the EU i.e. the EU's changing treaty base, Union citizenship, immigration and EU economic policy. She is moreover one of Denmark's leading experts on the EU often commenting on EU affairs in national and international media.

23 October:

Mikael Rask Madsen, iCourts, The Faculty of Law, University of Copenhagen:

International Courts and New World Order: The Case of European Courts

EURECO Professor Mikael Rask Madsen is the Director at the Centre for Studies in Legal Culture at the Faculty of Law, which focuses on promoting interdisciplinary cutting-edge research on the relationship between law and culture. He is also the head of the Centre of Excellence for International Courts, which was opened in March 2012. Michael Rask Madsen is also a member of the Academic Board of EURECO.

His current research focuses on globalization and the role of legal professionals in these processes i.e. the interplay between law and European integration, lawyers' role and power in regards to globalization, supranational legal institutions' increasing importance and more generally the international displacement of law and authority towards network expertise.

Mikael Rask Madsen has significant teaching experience from having studied and researched at a number of leading universities, including École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales, Paris, Oxford University, the University of California at Berkeley and the University of Strasbourg.

6 November:

Niklas Olsen, the SAXO Institute, The Faculty of Humanities, University of Copenhagen:

The Crisis of European Liberalism: Past and Present

Niklas Olsen is a newly appointed Assistant Professor at the Centre of Modern European Studies. He holds a PhD from the Department of History and Civilization at the European University Institute in Florence, Italy with the thesis "Beyond Utopianism and Relativism: History in the plural in the work of Reinhart Koselleck", which he defended in May 2009.

Niklas Olsens current research project focuses on reconstructions of liberalism in Denmark and the western world from 1945 to 1970. The project focuses on the linguistic battle in which the basic concept of economic liberalism was reformulated and became the dominant discourse legitimating new political practice. Lately he has published the book: "History in the Plural: An Introduction to the Work of Reinhart Koselleck", Berghahn Books, 2012.

Final Honorary Lecture with Michael Zürn

Tuesday 29 November 2012 EURECO had the pleasure of hosting the EURECO Final Honorary Lecture as the grand finale of the Distinguished Lecture Series: ”Europe Beyond the Crisis?”. Professor Dr. Michael Zürn from the Social Science Research Centre Berlin gave the Final Honorary Lecture on ”Challenges for Democratic Legitimacy”.

The debate was moderated by EURECO Professor Mikael Rask Madsen.

Prof. Dr. Michael Zürn is the Director of the Research Unit, “Transnational Conflicts and International Institutions”, as well as the Head of the Rule of Law Centre at the Wizzenschaftszentrum Berlin für Sozialforschung (WZB). He also holds a Doctorate from the Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences at the University of Tübingen, which he received in 1991.

Michael Zürn’s research focuses on global governance, international institutions, political theory especially concerning the rule of law, and security theory. He is currently working on the research project “The Political Sociology of Cosmopolitanism and Communitarianism” with Prof. Dr. Ruud Koopmans and Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Merkel, as well as the research project “International Organizations and the protection of fundamental rights of individuals” that has been ongoing since 2010.