Activities of the Hauser Global Law School Program

Hauser Colloquium: Theorising the New Europe
Spring 2004

Professor Joseph Weiler
Professor Martin Schain


This seminar functions as a colloquium with student participation, as well as a more traditional course. Each seminar we will welcome a guest scholar from the EU or US who will give a presentation on one of the key issues in the consideration of this New Europe. Each of these scholars, is a leader in the area on which he/she is writing and presenting. Ultimately, each contribution will form part of a book produced by Professor Joseph Weiler: "Theorising the New Europe," in the series edited by John Peterson and Helen Wallace.

With each different theme, the "New Europe" will be addressed - Enlarged and Constitutionally Resettled. The conclusion may be that Nothing Changed but each contribution will be of lasting value both now and in the Europe of 25 Members. The contributions will be driven by the phenomena and not by the theory. Each participant is being asked to start from the phenomenon, to problematize, conceptualize and explain the underlying theory or theoretical approach which characterizes their "take". Contributions will not be about policies as such but about the theories underlying the structure, process and policy. This is an exciting time to be studying the European Union, and in particular to have the opportunity to profit from the research and reflections of the speakers featured in the series.

You will find the various themes and authors invited to be involved in this project at the end of this introduction.



January 20th


Organizational Meeting


January 27th


Professor Andrew Moravcsik

"Preference, Power, Precommitment: Why Some Verities Endure"


February 3rd


Professor Francesca Bignami

"Three Generations of Participation Rights in European Administrative Proceedings"


February 17th


Professor John Peterson

"Policy Networks"


February 23rd


Professor Robert Howse and Professor Kalypso Nicolaidis

"The European Union as a Normative Power: How Can We Explain What the EU Can and Cannot Do on the Global Stage?" (Required)

"EU-topia or the Power of the Superpower-less" (Required)

- Recommened reading materials -


March 2nd


Professor Gary Marks

"Does Identity or Economic Rationality Drive Public Opinion on European Integration?"


March 3rd


Professor Alberta Sbragia

"Hierarchy, Interdependence, and Matrix Relationships: The European Union Through the Lens of Federalism"


March 8th


Professor Dr. Wolfgang Wessels

"The Common Foreign and Security Policy in a Fusion Process"


March 30th


Professor Helen Wallace
" From Theory to Policy to Praxis" (Required)

- Recommened reading materials -


April 19th


Professor Fritz Scharpf

"Problem Solving Effectiveness and Democratic Accountability in the EU " (Draft)


April 20th


Professor Grainne de Burca
"The Role of Law in European Integration"


April 26th


Professor Neil Walker

"From Practice without Theory to Theory without Practice: The strange case of the European constitution." (Title to be Confirmed)
(Joint paper, Professor Neil Walker and Advocate General Miguel Maduro)


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