Forthcoming Lecutres

Speaker: Prof. Dr. Matthias Ruffert, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

When?: 6 January 2022, 6.15 pm

Where?: Ernst-Abbe-Platz 8, HS E028, and Livestream

Subject: "Europas Zukunft auf unsicherer Basis: Unionsverfassungsrechtliche Probleme von NextGenerationEU"


Previous Activities:


  • The Center for European Studies hosted an online symposium on the project for a Code européen des affaires on 12 November 2021.
    The event addressed basic questions of a European Business Code and codification in general in the 21st century and took up individual subjects of the Code européen des affaires. After a welcome by Prof. Dr. Philippe Dupichot (Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne) and a keynote by Prof. Dr. Reiner Schulze (Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster), these were presented by scholars involved in the editorial work and commented on by experts.
    Corporate law: Prof. Dr. Christoph Teichmann, Julius-Maximilians-Universität Würzburg – comment by Prof. Dr. Jessica Schmidt, Universität Bayreuth
    Collateral law: Prof. Dr. Eva-Maria Kieninger, Julius-Maximilians-Universität Würzburg, and Dr. Ole Böger, Higher Regional Court Judge of Bremen – comment by Prof. Dr. Jan Dirk Harke, Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena
    Closing remarks were given by Prof. Dr. Achim Seifert, Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena.


  • On 29 Juni 2021 Dr. Rebekka Wiemann, LL.M. (Harvard), Council of the European Union, spoke about "Der Rat der EU und seine Rolle im Entscheidungsprozess der EU: ein Einblick in die Praxis".


  • On 9 June 2021 in a new format of CEuS, the workshop discussion, Prof. Dr. Marion Reiser and Dr. Jörg Hebenstreit asked "Technokratie als Lösung oder Ursache politischer Problemlagen? Reaktionen populistischer Parteien auf den technokratischen Charakter der EU und ihrer Institutionen".



  • On 22 January 2020 Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Hermann Schmitt finished the CEuS Lecture Series of the winter semester 2019/2020 with his lecture "The Reshaping of Political Conflict over Europe - From pre-Maastricht to post-crises". On the basis of European election studies he demonstrated how far political parties have changed their attitude towards the European Union after the conclusion of the Maastricht Treaty.


  • On 4 December 2019 Dr. Ulrich Karpenstein continued the CEuS Lecture Series of the winter semester 2019/2020 with his lecture "Non habebis deos alienos coram me! - A practitioner's view on the relationship between the German Federal Constitutional Court and the European Court of Justice". After having given the abstract basics on the relationship between the two courts, he described the area of conflict between them with the help of practical cases.

  • On 30 October 2019 Prof. Dr. Ivana Jelić, LL.M., judge of the European Court of Human Rights, started the CEuS Lecture Series of the winter semester 2019/2020. Her lecture "The European Convention on Human Rights as a Living Instrument - Protection of Gender, Children and National Minorities" focused on the "Living instrument doctrine" which is used by the court in order to reach effective and comprehensive human rights protection in times of constantly changing circumstances in society.


  • On 21 May 2019 Dr. Wittling-Vogel of the Federal Ministry of Justice and Consumer Protection continued the CEuS Lecture Series of the summer semester 2019 with her lecture "Europarat und Europäischer Gerichtshof für Menschenrechte - ein Bericht aus der Praxis". After giving an overview of the Council of Europe's work,  she described the advantages and the current challenges of the European Court of Human Rights.



  • On 30 January 2019 Prof. Alessandra Casarico of the Università Bocconi (Milan/Italy) introduced with her lecture "Irregular Migration: A Policy Challenge" to possible strategies to handle illegal immigration. She compared results of repressive actions and legalisation programmes and concluded that the latter could be a gain for both the migrants and the host states. 


  • On 24 January 2019 Prof. Daniel Thym, LL.M. (London) of the Universität Konstanz searched with his lecture "Strukturprobleme des europäischen und internationalen Flüchtlingsrechts" for the weaknesses in the current migration law. He presented the development since 1945 and identified possible starting points for reforms. 


  • On 5 December 2018 Dr. Stephan Wilske, LL.M. (Chicago), from the law firm Gleiss Lutz Partnergesellschaft mbH Stuttgart opened the CEuS Lecture Series of the winter term 2018. In his lecture "Investitionsschiedsgerichtsbarkeit in Europa: Die Achmea-Entscheidung des EUGH und ihre politischen und rechtlichen Folgen", he dealt with a development in the jurisdiction which could have fundamental effects on the intra-european and perhaps also the worldwide BITs.


  • On 20 June 2018, Prof. Dr. Hans-Jörg Trenz of the Centre for Modern European Studies, University of Cogenhagen, gave the last CEuS Lecture of this term. In his presentation "Europäische Öffentlichkeit und die Politisierung der Europäischen Union" he discussed whether the coming into existence of a European public was feasible and necessary to legitimize the European integration project.



  • On 2 May 2018Dr. Rubén Ruiz-Rufino from King's College London started off the CEuS Lecture Series. His presentation on "Democracy tensioned: The effect of financial bailouts on citizens and parties during the Eurocrisis" analysed how the worsening of the economic conditions within the Eurozone affected support to establishment parties. According to Dr. Ruiz-Rufino's research, governments which were financially bailed out and then monitored got into a dilemma of responsibility and responsiveness. They found themselves constrained and in some cases unable to implement particular type of policies demanded by those citizens hit by the economic crisis most notably. Citizens observed this lost confidence in the functioning of democracy and turned their backs to establishment parties. The talk was based on two recently published articles of Dr. Ruiz-Rufino and his co-author Sonia Alonso and was followed by a lively discussion.


  • On 2/3 March 2018 more than 110 academics and practitioners met in Berlin to discuss the question: "How European is European Private International Law?". Organized by, among others, CEuS-Director Prof. Dr. Giesela Rühl, LL.M. (Berkeley) the conference provided a platform to shed light on the present lack of "Europeanness" of European private international law and to discuss how European private international law can become more truly European in the future. 


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