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09 November 2015: CERiM Academic Conference - Preparing Europe for the Future, An Academic Agenda

CERiM focuses on the interactions between Europe and global developments. It aims to explore the legal, political and social changes that Europe faces and provide leading research on how Europe should respond to these challenges. This academic conference gathers scholars to discuss new ideas in advancing research in the four main research themes of CERiM and to mark the new beginning of CERiM in European research. CERiM members will interact with practitioners from the European institutions as well as renown academics with the aim to “Prepare Europe for the future”. 


Location: Maastricht Faculty of Law (Bouillonstraat 1-3)
08.30 – 09.00 Registration

09.00 – 09.15 Welcome by the Deans – Rein de Wilde (FASoS) and Hildegard Schneider (FL)
09.15 – 09.30 Short Introduction about CERiM – CERiM Codirectors Ellen Vos (FL) & Thomas Conzelmann (FASoS)
09.30 – 10.45 Opening Lecture: ‘Why has the European Citizenship Project failed?' – Joseph Weiler, European University Institute

Location: La Bonbonnière (Achter de Comedie 1)
10.45 – 11.30 Coffee Break (& Arrival at La Bonbonnière)

11.30 – 12.45 Constitutionalising Europe – Chair Ellen Vos (FL)

  • European and National Constitutional Values: Does European Integration Threaten the Values of Constitutionalism? – Monica Claes, Maastricht University
  • A European ‘Value’ Crisis? – Daniela Piana, University of Bologna
  • The Economic Crisis and Social Rights –  Claire Kilpatrick, European University Institute

12.45 – 13.30 Lunch

13.30 – 14.45 Differentiation and Flexible Integration – Chair Thomas Conzelmann (FASoS)

  • Flexibility and the Integrity of the EU Constitutional Order – Bruno de Witte, Maastricht University
  • Enlargement, Differentiation, and Inter-Institutional Dynamics in the History of the EU – Kiran Patel and Michael Geary, Maastricht University

14.45 – 16.00 European Governance and Market Integration – Chair Christine Neuhold (FL)

  • Taming or Unleashing Capital Flows: Banking and Capital Markets Union at a Time of Eurozone Integration – Stefaan de Rynck, European Commission
  • Between Regulatory Capture and Over-regulation: The Quest to Reconcile Democratic Representation and Responsiveness to Markets in European Financial Regulation – Aneta Spendzharova, Maastricht University
  • The Accountability of the New Economic/Financial Institutions – Phedon Nicolaides, College of Europe & Maastricht University

16.00 – 16.15 Coffee Break

16.15 – 17.30 Europe and the World – Chair Sophie Vanhoonacker (FASoS)

  • Future Imperfect: The EU’s Role in the Global Arena – Michael Smith, University of Warwick
  • Dilemmas of EU policy in the European Neighbourhood – Gergana Noutcheva, Maastricht University
  • The EU Global Strategy: Foreign and Security Policy in a Connected, Contested and Complex world – Julian Fricke, European External Action Service

17.30 – 18.30 Closing Lecture: ‘Participatory Governance: A fringe phenomenon of the new institutional balance?’ 

Beate Kohler-Koch, University of Mannheim

18.30 – 19.00 Reception

Contact person: Vigjilenca Abazi (

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