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Europe after the Lisbon Treaty: Are EU member states still sovereign?

Wed, Dec 4, 2013, 2:00pm - 3:30pm

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Europe after the Lisbon Treaty: Are EU member states still sovereign?

Tymoteusz Zych

Wednesday, December 4
2:00 PM

The Institute of World Politics
1521 Sixteenth Street NW
Washington, D.C. 20036

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This lecture is sponsored by the Kosciuszko Chair of Polish Studies at IWP.

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Tymoteusz ZychThe political structure of the European Union after the enactment of the Lisbon Treaty may be adequately described by the paradoxical statement: “Rules are certain; only their application is doubtful.” The institutional framework of the EU is currently developed through the practice of executive agencies and courts which are entitled to interpret the law.

Unlike the US Supreme Court, the Court of Justice of the European Union only rarely attracts attention of non-lawyers. Nevertheless, since the establishment of the European Community, the CJEU remains the main interpreter of European law. Analysis of its jurisdiction shows that it still remains unclear whether EU member states actually retain supreme lawmaking prerogatives.

In the second part of the presentation, Mr. Zych will assess whether the current institutional framework is adequate to face the major demographic and economic crises that the EU is currently facing. 

Tymoteusz Zych teaches History of Political and Legal Philosophy and Introduction to the Methods of Legal Reasoning at the University of Warsaw. He has a law degree from the University of Warsaw and a degree in humanistic studies from Artes Liberales Academy, an inter-university program established by eight major Polish Universities. He also studied law at Humboldt University in Berlin. Serving as an expert at the Adam Smith Institute, he focuses on issues of regulatory reform, judicial lawmaking, and legal measures in the European demographic crisis.

Mr. Zych was awarded numerous research grants and scholarships, including the Scholarship for the Best Young Scholars at the University of Warsaw. 

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