18-19 January 2018: Call for Papers - Workshop on Challenges and Opportunities for EU Parliamentary Democracy: Brexit and beyond

2017 marked both the 60th anniversary of the Rome Treaties – and hence of the European Union (EU) – and the start of the United Kingdom’s negotiations to withdraw from it. At the same time, a debate on the future of the EU has begun, including a White Paper from the European Commission setting out a number of scenarios for the evolution of the Union. This is a period in which the future of the integration process is uncertain, with the Union facing both internal and external challenges as well as new opportunities for further integration.

National and European parliaments will need to play an important role in this context in their quality as institutions in charge of ensuring democratic legitimacy within the EU (art. 10 TEU). National parliaments are arguably still perceived by citizens as the institutions in charge of democratic representation par excellence, although the recent trend towards referendums on EU matters has, to a certain extent, challenged this assumption. By contrast, as far as the European Parliament is concerned, the declining turnout at its elections as well as rising Euroscepticism indicate the limited faith that citizens appear to have in the EU’s only directly-elected institution. The fact that the European Parliament has already started a deeper reflection on these questions is no guarantee that this trend will be reversed. Against this background, the Centre for European Research in Maastricht (CERiM) convenes a Workshop to provide a forum for a debate on these developments. The Workshop will take place on 18 and 19 January 2018 at Maastricht University – Campus Brussels.

We welcome proposals for papers addressing the four following themes:

  • The Role of Parliaments in Brexit
  • Parliaments and the domestic dimension of EU affairs
  • Parliaments and the external dimension of EU affairs
  • Parliaments in the EU – an outlook

Please note: these proposed topics are indicative and additional proposals fitting the defined themes are welcome.

Abstracts (250 words) should be sent to cerim@maastrichtuniversity.nl by October, 20th 2017. First versions of the presented papers will have to be submitted by January, 8th 2018. The organisers intend to publish selected papers in an edited volume, subject to review of the final version of the papers. Some funding is available to support the travel and accommodation expenses of accepted participants.

For more information regarding the call, please refer to the document at the end of the post. Any query may be addressed to cerim@maastrichtuniversity.nl

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