Dr Velluti recently gave a presentation entitled ‘The Evolving Social Dimension of EU External Trade Relations – Some Reflections on Coherence’ at the International Workshop on Fostering Labor Rights in the Global Economy, held at the KU Leuven Centre for Global Governance Studies of the University of Leuven on 20 and 21 February 2014 and co-organised together with GRESI, a scientific research community funded by the Flemish Fund for Scientific Research (FWO) and coordinated by the University of Ghent. The Workshop is part of the large-scale EU Seventh Framework Programme (FP7) research project on “Fostering Human Rights among European Policies” (FRAME).
The paper provided a critical review of how labour provisions have been incorporated in the European Union’s (EU) international trade agreements and the various goals pursued in combination with the mechanisms employed to achieve them. This analysis is particularly prominent and made necessary by fundamental changes introduced by the 2009 Treaty of Lisbon in relation to the EU’s Common Commercial Policy (CCP) and the increased powers of the European Parliament which now has to give its consent to the ratification of international trade agreements. In examining how the EU has been increasingly inserting human rights clauses and social norms in its international trade agreements with third countries, Dr Velluti explored certain coherence, consistency and legitimacy aspects of the EU’s role as a global human rights actor which directly concern the future trajectory of social and labour rights in EU external trade relations.
Lincoln Law School International and European Law Research Seminar – 6 November 2013
Professor Jeff Kenner, Professor of European Law, University of Nottingham – ‘Shaping the Social Dimension of Globalisation? An Analysis of the Strategic Partnership between the EU and the ILO’
The presentation explored the roles played by the EU and the ILO in forging a strategic partnership to advance the social dimension of globalisation. The EU and the ILO have worked in close cooperation from the formation of the Community with both actors benefiting from the cross-fertilisation of policies and methods for the adoption, observance and enforcement of transnational labour standards and, latterly, the promotion of fundamental social rights.
Professor Kenner identified and examined three phases of the strategic partnership between the EU and the ILO. The paper concluded with a focus on the further evolution of the EU/ILO relationship as a force for the advancement of the social dimension of globalisation and questioned the extent to which it is possible, or desirable, for the EU to ‘shape’ globalisation by protecting its social model internally and promoting ILO standards externally.
Jeff Kenner is Professor of European Law in the School of Law, University of Nottingham. He is a legal expert of the EU Fundamental Rights Agency and the European Commission. He is also project leader for the HRLC team on FRAME (Fostering Human Rights Among European Policies), a large-scale and collaborative research project involving 19 research centres from around the world under the EU’s Seventh Framework Programme.
New book written by Dr Velluti entitled ‘Reforming the Common European Asylum System – Legislative Developments and Judicial Activism of the European Courts’ is published
This timely volume critically examines selected EU instruments adopted in the context of the Common European Asylum System and key judgments of the European Court of Justice and European Court of Human Rights. The analysis includes an assessment of the recast asylum package adopted in June 2013. The book’s focus is on the protection of fundamental human rights of asylum seekers and responds to some of the contemporary challenges faced by the EU protection regime.
Further details of the book can be found at:
Lincoln Law School International and European Law Research Seminar – 16 October 2013
Professor Massimo La Torre – ‘A Weberian Moment for Europe?’
Drawing on Max Weber’s political and social theories, the presentation examined the current crisis within the European Union focusing in particular on the contrasting notion of the nation-state and ideas of European supranational governance. In so doing, La Torre utilised various case studies concerning the Economic and Monetary Union as well as recent judgments of the Court of Justice of the European Union such as the Melloni ruling (Case C-399/12), which in the words of La Torre constitutes ‘a renewed and vocal vindication of EU law primacy over the normative core of national constitutional orders.’
Professor La Torre is Professor of Legal Philosophy at the University of Catanzaro, Magna Graecia, Italy, and Visiting Professor at the School of Law of the University of Hull. Previously, he taught at the Universities of Florence, Bologna (Italy) and Murcia (Spain). He held numerous visiting professorial fellowships at European and American Universities and he has been a fellow of the Alliance Française, the Consiglio Nazionale delle Richerche, the British Council and the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation.
International and European Law Research Seminar – 24 April 2013
Professor Martin Trybus – Professor of EU Law at the School of Law of the University of Birmingham- gave a presentation entitled ‘Defence and Security Procurement in the EU: a new Direction with a Directive?’
The talk focused on the adoption of the EU Defence and Security Procurement Directive (Directive 2009/81/EC) and its objectives and the problems its seeks to address. Professor Trybus explained how this new Directive aims to facilitate the creation of an EU defence equipment market that will increase industrial competition and therefore reduce duplication and prices. In so doing he also looked at the relationship with Article 346 TFEU which has been facilitating Member States’ protective attitude in the defence sector and industry.
Professor Trybus has also been involved in many consultancy projects for the British, Dutch and French governments, the European Defence Agency, the European Commission and the OECD. He is currently a member of the Procurement Review Board of the European Space Agency.