Interdisciplinary Research Methods in EU Law: Challenges and Opportunities

Interdisciplinary Research Methods in EU Law: Challenges and Opportunities

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The Marshall Building

44 Lincoln's Inn Fields



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This workshop will offer novel perspectives on EU law by casting light on the insights that other disciplines provide to EU law scholarship

About this event

The event will include speakers who are leading figures in their field of studies (such as economics, literature, history, international relations, gender studies) and have conducted research on EU and its law.

Advancing interdisciplinary studies in EU law is timely and necessary: the study of EU law has relied chiefly on doctrinal approaches and has thus historically suffered from a lack of interdisciplinarity. Doctrinal approaches cannot successfully capture the polycentricity and complexity of EU law as a legal phenomenon. Hence, the manifold dimensions of EU law still remain to a large extent under-explored precisely due to a lack of interdisciplinary studies.

The contributions to the workshop will be published in the volume ‘Interdisciplinary Research Methods in EU Law: A Handbook’, co-edited by Dr Giulia Gentile, Dr Rossana Deplano, Dr Luigi Lonardo and Dr Tobias Nowak, forthcoming with Edward Elgar in 2023.


8 September

12:45 pm Welcome and introduction

1:00-2:45 pm Sociology and Political Science

Chair: Floris de Witte (LSE Law School)

Methods of Political Science to Determine Breach of EU Law, Niklas Buscher (University of Oldeburg), Kanita Abazi (University of Oldeburg), Torsten J. Selck (University of Oldeburg)

EU law and Social Movements: Multilevel Legal Opportunity Structures, Francesca Colli (Maastricht University)

Global Social Movement and EU Law, Dora Kostakopoulou, (Fundamental Rights Agency of the EU & KU Leuven University)

Analyzing the EU Rule of Law Crisis from an Empirical Perspective, Marc Hertogh (University of Groningen)

2:45-3:15 pm Coffee break

3:15-5:00 pm Humanities

Chair: Michael Wilkinson (LSE Law School)

The Promise of Judicial Biography for the Study of the European Court of Justice, Willian Phelam (Trinity College Dublin)

EU Law and Law and Humanities: a Novel Methodology, Jeanne Gaakeer (Erasmus University Rotterdam), Pauline Phoa (University of Utrecht)

The Uses and Abuses of Kant in EU Law Scholarship, Aravind Ganesh (Maastricht University)

The PAN (Process-Actors-Narratives) analysis of ECJ judgments, Amedeo Arena (University Federico II of Naples)

5:00 pm Concluding Remarks

9 September

10:00 am Welcome and introduction

10:15 am -12:00 pm Social and Natural Sciences

Chair: Rossana Deplano (University of Leicester)

Behavioural Economics in European Competition Law: from a More Economic to a More Realistic Approach Klaus Mathis (University of Lucerne), Martin Meier (University of Bath)

EU Gender Politics and Law: the Case of Sexual Minorities, Alina Tryfonidou (Neapolis University Pafos)

EU law and Evolutionary Biology Armin Cuyvers (University of Leiden)

Marxism and EU Law, Luigi Lonardo (University College Cork)

12:00-1:00 pm Lunch

1:00-2:45 pm International relations and empirical methods

Chair: Luigi Lonardo (University College Cork)

Analytical Framework for the EU Law Externalisation: case study of GDPR, Stefania Kolarz (University of Wroclaw)

International Relations and Legal Scholarship on the European Union: Ships Passing in the Night?, Annette Freyberg-Inan (University of Amsterdam)

EU law: The view from European schools of security Rita Floyd (University of Birmingham)

The Application of EU law from the National Judge’s Perspective: A Plea for an Interdisciplinary Approach Giulia Gentile (LSE Law School), Monika Glavina (Erasmus University Rotterdam) and Tobias Nowak (University of Groningen)

2:45-3:15 pm Coffee break

3:15-5:00 pm Policy studies and Humanities

Chair: Tobias Nowak (University of Groningen)

The Role of Disability Studies in the Advancement of EU Law Scholarship, Delia Ferri (Maynooth University)

Lost in Translation: Exploring Challenges in Carrying Out Research at the Intersection of Law and Security Science Aitana Radu (University of Malta), Jeanne Mifsud Bonnici (University of Groningen)

Dancing in the Sky: the European Space Policy between EU and International Law, Rossana Deplano (University of Leicester)

5:00 pm Concluding remarks and departure

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