Event: Free Online Conference: Understanding the EU as a Good Global Governance Actor Workshop
Date: 1 July 2021
Time: 08:15 – 12:45
Venue: Online Event (Zoom)
City Law School, Institute for the Study of European Law
EU Trade and Investment Policy (EUTIP) Horizon 2020 Network
The event is jointly organised by the City Law School Institute for the Study of European Law & the EUTIP network. This work-in-progress symposium brings together the contributors for the forthcoming edited collection with Edward Elgar Press due to be published in 2022, tentatively entitled “Understanding the EU as a Good Global Governance Actor” edited by Elaine Fahey and Isabella Mancini, at The City Law School.
The EU has as its legal mission to be a good global governance actor yet is continuously challenged in the world. As a global actor, the EU is both a weak and strong actor in a divergent range of global governance areas. It is not comparable to study the EU as a global trade actor for example to its efforts in human rights, data, cyber or the environment. EU international relations constitutes arguably a booming field of law where the EU appears often to be a victim of its own success. And yet it is stated to be a non-entity in non-trade areas globally. The range of the subjects and objects of EU law continues to expand and the EU is arguably increasingly a victim of its own success, increasingly taking decisions with impacts on third countries or parties, subjecting more entities to sanctions regimes, being bound to consult more entities and have more third countries, parties and entities such as lobbyists interested in the directions of EU law.
The development of the EU as a global actor continues to have multiple facets to it across disciplines. From a legal perspective, the EU has a legal mission to be a good legal actor in its treaties. Yet how does this manifest itself? The assessment of the EU as a global actor includes broad checks on normative action ex ante and ex post factor- yet it is no less harsh. Ex ante metrics of EU global action include court-centred ones such as an opinion from the CJEU on legality of an international agreement, precluded in many constitutional systems on account of its conflict with pacta sunt servanda. The contours of the principle of the autonomy of EU law have the capacity to put more stringent parameters on EU institutionalised evolutions as to international engagement. The book explores the metrics of actorness from a legal perspective. This book explores the nexus between trade and big data, trade and economics and trade and human rights as a future research agenda with input from a variety of scholars in the new era of deeper enforcement of EU trade law, EU digital sovereignty and EU defensive multi lateralism. Which nexus is most apt as the EU evolves? Which nexus is the hardest to prove, to show or to engage with from a legal perspective?
The programme can be downloaded via this link [PDF].
Elaine Fahey, City Law School, City, University of London (co-organiser)
Isabelle Mancini, Brunel Law School/ City Law School, City, University of London (co-organiser)
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