History and Law in European Integration

The research group for Law, Society and Historical Change invites to a seminar on History and Law in European Integration. The seminar is funded by the project "Internasjonal trygderett".

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Collection of judgements in the library of the European Court of Justice. Photo: muora, CC BY-NC-SA 2.0

Compared to the history of International law, the history of EU law is a young field of research. In contrast to social scientists and legal scholars, historians have only recently entered the field, and the interdisciplinary dialogue is thus comparatively fresh. This workshop intends to keep this conversation going by bringing together researchers to discuss their research on the history of the reception of EU law in the member states. The workshop consists of panel sessions focused on submitted research papers. 

At this workshop, we will engage with national reception of EU law from a historical perspective. With a focus on actors, structures and institutions producing the law, we will approach the historical creation of EU law starting from the national sphere as a springboard to questioning boundaries between national, transnational and European containers. By studying the genesis of national EU law receptions, we hope to advance our understanding of the social process that has been popularly dubbed “European integration”, as well as to disentangle it from its own mythology.

The main part of the workshop will be presentations of work-in-progress papers by young scholars from a number of European countries and research environments. We aim to make the workshop a constructive space for developing both the papers as well as our collective thinking, and hope that this work will also continue after the workshop.

Read the full call for papers here.



Thursday, 10 November

9:00: Coffee and fruit

9:15 – 9:30: Welcome

9:30 – 10:45: Keynote lecture by Brigitte Leucht (University of Portsmouth): European legal history as social history: from interdisciplinarity to intra-disciplinarity and back?

10:45 – 11:00: Coffee break

11:00 – 12:30: Paper presentations:

• “… in accordance with EU law?”: Accidental reception as a by-product of national strategies (Magnus Esmark, Norway Inland University of Applied Sciences)

• Denaturalizing Effet utile – the making of a powerful and controversial doctrine (Jacob van de Beeten, London School of Economics)

• Discussant: Mala Loth (University of Oslo)

12:30 – 13:30: Lunch break

13:30 – 15:00: Paper presentations:

• Integration through communication? Rationales in EU social law (Stine Piilgaard Porter Nielsen, University of Southern Denmark)

• The process of EU integration from a perspective of national judges: Evidence from new member states (Monika Glavina, Erasmus University Rotterdam)

• Discussant: Stian Øby Johansen (University of Oslo)

15:00 – 15:30: Coffee break

15:30 – 17:00: Plenary debate to round off the day. Introductions by:

• Hanne Hagtvedt Vik (University of Oslo)

• Tarjei Bekkedal (LEVEL)

18:00 – 21:00: Dinner


Friday, 11 November

9:00: Coffee and fruit

9:15 – 10:30: Introduction by Lise Rye (Norwegian University of Science and Technology): From peace project to community of values. The centrality of law for the evolution of the EU.

10:30 – 12:00: Paper presentations:

• In the shadow of the Single Market? Indifference, reluctance and hopes of the French administration towards the EEC in the context of the 1986 competition policy reform (Lola Avril, University of Eastern Finland & Sebastian Billows, INRAE)

• Postcolonial Constitutionalism: The Case of Malta (Jenny Orlando-Salling, University of Copenhagen)

• Discussant: Magnus Esmark (Norway Inland University of Applied Sciences)

12:00 – 13:00: Lunch break

13:00 – 13:45: Paper presentation:

• The History of Law from below? Helen Marshall, State Retirement Age, and the European Court of Justice, c. 1986-1993 (Mala Loth, University of Oslo)

• Discussant: Lola Avril (University of Eastern Finland)

13:45 – 14:15: Rounding off and farewell


Complete program in pdf

The seminar is sponsored by the project "Internasjonal trygderett", which is a collaboration between the Law faculties in Bergen, Tromsø and Oslo funded by the Norwegian Ministry of Labour and Social Inclusion (formerly Arbeids- og sosialdepartmentet). 


Please sign up here to attend the seminar.

Publisert 10. mai 2022 10:28 - Sist endret 9. nov. 2022 10:55