Projects

 

Crises of Solidarity

26122013_EnergieThe European Union has never before in its history been confronted with such numerous conflict-laden challenges – such as financial turmoil, migration, nationalist and separatist movements as well as terrorist threats. It is in this time of crisis that the EU reveals a “fault line” that goes deeper than the well-known shortcomings in the EU’s construction and its problem solving capacities: a crisis of solidarity. This crisis has become a crucial test for the integration project itself, since solidarity amongst member states is one of the EU’s core values that lies in the heart of the integration process. Read more ...


 


 

The “Belt and Road Initiative” and the European Union

26122013_EnergieEmerging in the context of intensifying Sino-European cooperation, China’s “Belt and Road Initiative” (BRI) sets a new milestone in political and economic regionalism. However, other than earlier waves of regional integration in the 1960s, after 1989, and around the turn of the millennium, this new wave is not characterised by a rising number of regional integration projects, but by the ambition to connect different regions with each other. Being the most ambitious project in this wave of interregionalism, the BRI has the potential to significantly shape international politics and trade. Moreover, it could also prove as an alternative to the much debated preferential trade agreements and “mega-regionals” like TTIP and TPP. Read more ...

 


 

The Rise of Courts and Tribunals in the Making of a Global Legal Order (2016-2018)

26122013_EnergieRegional and international courts and tribunals (RICTs) play a rapidly increasing role in International Relations today. As a consequence of an ever-further reaching rule of law on the regional and international levels, and by the growing ambit and scope of their adjudication, RICTs have become central institutions in the construction of an international legal order. At the same time, knowledge about how RICTs actually function, how they resolve legal as well as genuine political problems and how extra-legal contexts influence their work, remains rather fragmentary. Read more ...

 


 

Die kontextuellen Voraussetzungen einer erfolgreichen Energiewende in Europa (2014-2015)

26122013_EnergieDeutschland sieht sich bei der Energiewende in einer Vorreiterrolle und hat in den letzten Jahren eine ambitionierte Neustrukturierung der eigenen Energiewirtschaft vorangetrieben. Doch ist die Umsetzung einer nachhaltigen Energieversorgung längst nicht mehr nur ein Problem der technischen Machbarkeit, der Finanzierbarkeit oder Rentabilität. Der Erfolg der Energiewende wird vielmehr auch entscheidend davon abhängen, ob die zwangsläufig aufkommenden Konflikte, die sich aus einer politisch-rechtlichen Einbindung in die Europäische Union (EU) ergeben (etwa im Bereich der Ökostrom-Förderung oder des Wettbewerbs- und Beihilfenrechts), rechtzeitig erkannt und durch entsprechende Politikprogramme gelöst werden. weiterlesen ...

 


 

Judicial Lawmaking in the Context of Law: Constitutionalizing Europe’s Legal Order after the “Constitutional Compromise” (2011-2013)

26122013_EnergieFor many years, European law and the European Court of Justice (ECJ) remained largely unnoticed by integration studies. It was not until the late 1980s and early 1990s, long after the Court had rendered some of its most fundamental and momentous judgments, that legal and political scientists began to undertake the task of examining and explaining the vital role that the Court’s decisions had played in the process of integration. Today, a large scholarship exists on the subject, shedding light on the further development of European law by judicial lawmaking. But it is not just the law’s importance to integration and the ECJ’s central role in the process that are widely accepted among scholars. Read more ...

 

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