21 April 2016: Book Launch: Foreign Policy Objectives in European Constitutional Law

The  Centre for the Law of EU External Relations (CLEER), in collaboration with Leiden University College (LUC) and The Hague Institute for Global Justice will host a book launch for Dr. Joris Larik’s new monograph Foreign Policy Objectives in European Constitutional Law, which has just been published by Oxford University Press. The book launch will feature opening remarks by Prof. Kutsal Yesilkagit, Dean of the Faculty of Governance and Global Affairs at Leiden University. A panel of academics and practitioners, including Dr. Tamara Takacs, the Academic Programme Coordinator of CLEER, will subsequently  discuss some of the book’s main themes and findings. Closing remarks and an outlook will be provided by Dr. Abi Williams, President of The Hague Institute for Global Justice. The panel discussion will take place in the auditorium of Leiden University College The Hague, followed by a drinks reception in the lobby of LUC.

Presenting the first comprehensive account of foreign policy objectives as a growing part of European constitutional law, the book confronts the trend of enshrining international ambitions in the highest laws of states and the European Union. Closely examining the provisions of foreign policy objectives, it differentiates their legal force and functions, situating them into the overall legal order of the state, the EU, and the composite ‘European constitutional space’. Larik argues that the codification of foreign policy objectives suggests a progression in the evolution of the role of the constitution: from limiting public authority to guiding it towards certain goals, both at home and in the wider world.

Joris Larik is Assistant Professor of Comparative, EU, and International Law at Leiden University College, which is the international honors college of Leiden University and part of the Faculty of Governance and Global Affairs, Senior Researcher at The Hague Institute for Global Justice, and member of the CLEER network. Foreign Policy Objectives in European Constitutional Law is based on Larik’s doctoral dissertation, which he defended in June 2013 at the European University Institute in Florence and where it was subsequently awarded the 2014 Mauro Cappelletti Prize for the Best Thesis in Comparative Law. More information about the book can be found on the website of Oxford University Press.

The event is free and open to the public.

Event Details

DATE & TIME: 21 April 2016, 16:00 - 17:15

LOCATION: Auditorium, Leiden University College, Anna van Buerenplein 301, 2595 DG The Hague [map]

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