This lecture is part of the Transnational Law Institute's Signature lecture series on Contesting Globalisation: Post-Brexit
The current European crisis -- from 2008 to Brexit -- is typically described in redistributive terms (winners and losers in globalized markets) or as a failure of governance institutions -- democracy deficit, Taking Back Control etc. There is considerable truth in these characterizations. But there are, too, other deeper long term processes, several unconnected to the Integration Project which have had a deep impact on the anthropology and sociology of the European circumstance -- on the self-understanding of the self and society. These factors provide an additional -- spiritual -- dimension to our understanding of the crisis, of potential importance because not easily addressed by redistributive policies or institutional re-engineering.
J.H.H. Weiler is University Professor at NYU Law School and Senior Fellow at the Center for European Studies at Harvard. Until recently he served as President of the European University Institute, Florence. Previously he served as Manley Hudson Professor of International Law at Harvard Law School. Prof. Weiler is Editor-in-Chief of the European Journal of International Law (EJIL) and the International Journal of Constitutional Law (ICON). He holds a PhD. in European Law from the EUI, Florence and honorary degrees from various European and American universities including London University. He is the author of several books and articles in the field of European Integration, International and Comparative Constitutional Law and Human Rights Law – notably The Constitution of Europe – Do the New Clothes have an Emperor (Cambridge University Press, translated into 8 languages) and of a novella “Der Fall Steinmann”.
More on the TLI Signature Lecture series here.