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[5.7.2016]

Closing Event of the Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence Jena

After a term of three years the program of the interdisciplinary Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence, funded by the European Commission, will be completed. On this occasion, the Centre will award the Jean Monnet Dissertation Prize to two distinguished dissertations from Jena. 

Afterwards Prof. Dr. Takis Tridimas from King's College London will analyse the result of the British referendum of June 23, 2016. Professor Tridimas is one of the leading experts on European law in the UK. The title of his lecture is:

"Constitutional Patriotism and the EU: The UK Referendum"

The purpose of his lecture is to discuss the evolving relationship between the UK and the EU in the aftermath of the British referendum of 23 June 2016. As a result of multiple crises, the European Union is undergoing several constitutional convulsions. The lecture will seek to address the main challenges that are currently facing the European Union by reference to key themes which lie at the core of the debate on the relationship between the EU and Britain, namely, the conundrum of democracy, constitutional patriotism, free movement of labour, and the relationship between Eurozone and non-Eurozone Member States.

Everyone interested is welcome!

Program:

6 pm   Welcome Address
        
6.15 pm   Award of the Jean Monnet Dissertation Prizes 2016
    Dr. Carolin Damm: "Die Europäische Union im universellen Völkergewohnheitsrecht"
    Laudation: Prof. Dr. Christoph Ohler, LL.M.
     
    Dr. Kirsten Weißgärber: "Die Legitimation unabhängiger europäischer und nationaler Agenturen"
    Laudation: Prof. Dr. Giesela Rühl, LL.M.
     
6.30 pm   Keynote Lecture
    Prof. Dr. Takis Tridimas (King's College London)
    "Constitutional Patriotism and the EU: The UK Referendum"
     
7.30 pm   Reception
     
8 pm   Dinner (at their own expense)

 


Jena Lecture on European Economic Integration

                  

                                                                                                                                   [28.6.2016]

On Tuesday, the 28th of June 2016, Dr. Jens Scherpe (University of Cambridge) will give a lecture on European Integration with the following title:

"Lebensgemeinschaften im Rechtsvergleich"

Although the marriage between man and woman used to be the only legally recognized cohabitation, there is now a variety of different regulatory models in Europe (and beyond): marriages and registered partnerships between persons of the same or opposite sex, informal cohabitation, registered communities between close relatives like father and daughter.

The right is thus responding to the plurality of the realities of life. In his lecture Dr. Scherpe examines, how to deal with this pluralism in the context of free movement of workers in Europe.

The lecture will take place in Jena, Carl-Zeiss-Straße 3 ("Fakultätssitzungszimmer", room 2.43) and will be held in German.

Everyone interested is welcome!


Student Excursion to institutions of the European Union in Strasbourg

 

                                                                                                [18.-20.5.2016]

During the summer semester 2016 a trip to various institutions of the European Council and the EU in Strasbourg was organised. The excursion was open to students of the Law Faculty intersted in European Law and to students of political science specialising in European integration. The following EU-institutions were visited:

  • European Court of Human Rights
  • European Committee of Social Rights
  • European Parliament

The excursion was prepared by an introductive session during which the students will be familiarised with the institutions visited.

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For further information please click here.

 


[6.4.2016]

Workshop on African Economic and Social Integration

The Workshop

“African Economic and Social Integration – is the European Model Suitable?"

took place in Jena, Carl-Zeiss-Straße 3 ("Fakultätssitzungszimmer", room 2.43), on 6 April 2016, 2 pm - 6.30 pm.

African integration efforts have been considerably intensified in the last few years and appear to be very ambitious. For instance, in Southern Africa, the so-called Tripartite free trade area is being negotiated very seriously. Indeed, many arguments can be put forward to integration and free trade, the most important being the peace creating and welfare enhancing power of it. Despite its current difficulties, the European Union is a living proof of these effects. Thus, it is often cited as an image or a blueprint for successful integration elsewhere.

The workshop organized by the Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence explored the potential of the European Union to serve as a role model for African integration. In three sessions, the participants discussed the potential of regional integration for peace and reconciliation, the role of trade policy and trade openness as well as the current state of African regional integration respectively. The Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence has been able to invite leading scholars and practitioners from different disciplines in the field to enter the discussion and to engage with local scientists and students.

Program:

2 pm   Welcome Address: Andreas Freytag (FSU Jena)
     
2.15 pm - 3.30 pm   Session I: Regional Integration, Peace and Reconciliation
2.15 pm - 2.30 pm   Impulse by Martin Leiner (FSU Jena)
2.30 pm - 2.45 pm   Impulse by Sangwa Rwabuhihi (Kaneza Initiative For Dialogue & Empowerment)
2.45 pm - 3.30 pm   Discussion
     
3.30 pm - 3.45 pm   Coffee Break
     
3.45 pm - 5 pm   Session II: Regional Integration and Trade
3.45 pm - 4 pm   Impulse by Helmut Asche (Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz)
4 pm - 4.15 pm   Impulse by Susanne Fricke (FSU Jena)
4.15 pm - 5 pm   Discussion
     
5 pm - 5.15 pm   Coffee Break
     
5.15 pm - 6.30 pm   Session III: Current Obstacles for African Regional Integration
5.15 pm - 5.45 pm   Impulse by Stan Du Plessis (University of Stellenbosch)
5.45 pm - 6.30 pm   Discussion
     
6.30 pm      Concluding Remarks
     
    Drinks


[5.4.2016]

Jena Lecture on European Economic Integration

On Tuesday, the 5th of April 2016, Prof. Dr. Jan Kleinheisterkamp (London School of Economics) gave a lecture on European Integration with the following title:

"Investor-Staat-Streitbeilegung in TTIP, CETA und BITs: Wo liegt das Problem?"
 

Why do many European Citizens still dislike the idea of arbitration in cases of Inverstor-state-disputes? Have surveys of the BMWi not shown that the rights granted by TTIP and CETA to foreign companies do not exceed the normal protection of fundamental rights? Is the establishment of an investment Court really the answer to the objections to arbitration? In his presentation, guest speaker Prof. Dr. Jan Kleinheisterkamp (London School of Economics) examines the tension between ISDS and the sovereign functions of the state and whether a balance between investor protection and regulation in the public interest is possible.

The lecture was held in German.



[28.01.2016]

Panel discussion: "Das Museum der Zukunft"

On Thursday, the 28th of January 2016, the Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence Jean will host a panal discussion in cooperation with the "Collegium Europaeum Jenense". The event is organised by Prof. Leiße an will be about  the following topic:

 "Das Museum der Zukunft: Ideen und Konzepte für eine neue Erinnerungskultur".

The panel discussion will start at 6 p.m. in HS 8 (Carl-Zeiß-Straße 3, 07743 Jena). The discussion will be held in German.
Guests on the panel will be:

  • Christine Gerbich, M.A. (Freie Universität Berlin)
  • Dr. Helmut Groschwitz (Universität Regensburg)

Everyone interested is welcome!



[14.01.2016]

Jena Lecture on European Economic Integration"

On Thursday, the 14th of January 2016, Jakob von Weizsäcker, Member of the European Parliament for Thuringia, gave a lecture on European Integration with the following title:

"Brauchen wir eine neue Architektur für den Euro?"

Guest speaker Jakob von Weizsäcker is MEP for Thuringia in the European Parliament. He belongs to the S & D parliamentary group and is a member of the Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs and the Delegation for relations with India.

The main thesis of his lecture was that there is a need for further integration in Europe, in order to make the Euro successfully in the long term, even during times of crisis. These integartion steps include the completion of the banking union, efforts to deal with country-specific shocks, the European financing of public goods and the creation of effective crisis mechanisms.

The lecture was held in German.



[07.01.2016]

Jena Lecture on European Economic Integration

On Thursday, the 7th of January 2016, Prof. Dr. Francesco Martucci from the Université Paris II Panthéon-Assas gave a lecture on European Integration with the following title:

"Die Rolle der EZB in der europäischen Schuldenkrise: eine französische Sicht".

The lecture was held in German.



 

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23.11.2015

Panel Discussion: "Local small and medium business and the European Union"

On Monday, the 23rd of November, a panal discussion took place on the topic:

"Local small and medium business and the European Union".



[09.07.2015]

Jena Lecture on European Economic Integration

On the 9th July 2015 at 6 pm Prof. em. Dr. Gunther Teubner from the Goethe-University Frankfurt a.M. gave a lecture on European economic Integration with the following title:

 "Corporate Social Responsibility: Konstitutionalisierung transnationaler Unternehmen durch Verhaltenskodizes?”.

Herr Teubner ist einer der weltweit renommiertesten Rechtswissenschaftler auf dem Gebiet des Privatrechts und der Rechtssoziologie und hielt Professuren an der Universität Bremen, am Europäischen Hochschulinstitut in Florenz, an der London School of Economics and Political Science und der Johann Wolfgang Goethe-Universität Frankfurt a.M. Er ist Preisträger des Gay-Lussac-Humboldt-Preises, Gründungsmitglied der Academia Europaea sowie seit 2013 Mitglied der British Academy.

Die These seines Vortrages lautete, dass sich in der Verflechtung privater und staatlicher Corporate Codes nicht nur Tendenzen einer allgemeinen Juridifizierung, sondern einer Konstitutionalisierung transnationaler Unternehmen verwirklichen. Diese transnationalen Unternehmensverfassungen sind als Verfassungen im strengen Sinne zu verstehen, da sie Funktionen, Strukturen und Institutionen genuiner Verfassungen aufweisen.

The lecture was held in German.



[21.-24.06.2015]

Student Excursion to institutions of the European Union

The excursion was open to students of the Law Faculty intersted in European Law and to students of political science specialising in European integration. The following EU-institutions were visited:

  • European Parliament
  • European Commission

The excursion was prepared by an introductive session during which the students were familiarised with the institutions visited.

For more information please click here.

Here you find the current schedule for the excursion.

Impressions of the excursion to the EU-institutions...

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[07.-09.05.2015]

Jean Monnet Project Conference

In May 2015 our Jean Monnet Project Conference took place in Jena. In its project conference, the Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence Jena addressed the issue of "European Economy and People´s Mobility" from an interdisciplinary perspective.

For all specific information please click here.



[28.04.2015]

Jena Lecture on European Economic Integration

On the 28th April 2015 at 6 pm Prof. Dr. Hans Micklitz from the European University Institute in Florence gave a lecture on European economic Integration with the following title:

"Die Transformation des Privatrechts durch die Europäische Integration".

The lecture was held in German.



[18.-28.02.2015]

Visiting Scholar Prof. Klaus Heine

In February 2015 Prof. Klaus Heine from the Erasmus University Rotterdam has been a visiting scholar in Jena. During his stay he gave a seminar for doctoral candidates and advanced students concerning "Bureaucracy".



[25.-30.01.2015]

Visiting Scholar Prof. Georgios Mentis

During the last week in January 2015 Prof. Georgios Mentis from the University Athen has been in Jena as a visiting scholar. During his stay he gave two lectures with the following titles:

Dienstag, 27.01. (16-18 Uhr) - SR 1.13:

Die Anpassung von Kreditverträgen in Krisenzeiten - Ein Rechtsvergleich

Mittwoch, 28.01. (16-18 Uhr) - SR 2.24:

Die griechische Staatsüberschuldung



[15.01.2015]

Jena Lecture on European Economic Integration

On the 15th January 2015 at 6 pm s.t. Prof. Dr. Harm Schepel from the University of Kent in Brussels gave a lecture on European economic Integration with the following title:

"Investor-state dispute settlement (ISDS) in and beyond TTIP and CETA".



 

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[08.-13.12.2014]

Visiting Scholar Prof. Grégorios Kalflèche

During the second week in Dezember 2014 Prof. Grégorios Kalflèche from the University Toulouse has been a visiting scholar in Jena. During his stay he gave three french lectures on the french public law.



[27.11.2014]

Jena Lecture on European Economic Integration

On the 27th Novmeber 2014 Prof. Susan Rose-Ackerman gave a lecture on European economic Integration with the following title:

 "The Law of Lawmaking: Positive Political Theory in Comparative Public Law".

Prof. Rose-Ackerman is "Henry R. Luce Professor of Jurisprudence" at YALE Law School an one of the world's leading scientist in administrative law and especially comparative administrative law.

The talk, which summarized a book manuscript, compared the constitutional and statutory constraints on the lawmaking process in the US, Germany, South Africa and the EU. Lawmaking occurs both in the legislature and in executive ministries and agencies. The goals of the research are both to provide a positive political theory account of the law of lawmaking in presidential and parliamentary systems and in the EU, and to argue for a judicial role in upholding procedural rules that can enhance both democratic legitimacy and competence while upholding rights.


[19.-20.06.2014]

Doctoral Seminar in European Economic Integration

On the 19th and 20th of June 2014 the first Doctoral Seminar in European Economic Integration was conducted.

The following Dissertations were presented and discussed:

  • "Die international koordinierten Verwaltungsmaßnahmen in Bezug auf die Staatsschuldenkrise Griechenlands und der Umgang Griechenlands mit den Konsolidierungsmaßnahmen - zugleich ein Beitrag zum globalen Verwaltungsrecht" by Elena Mönning
  • "Fragen des Internationalen Zivilprozess- und Privatrechts bei der Haftung von Ratingagenturen" by Carolin Happ
  • "Die Regulierung von Kreditderivaten" by Marion Schmidt-Wenzel
  • "Die Unabhängigkeit europäischer und nationaler Behörden" by Kirsten Weißgärber
  • "The Influence of Economic Freedom on the Shadow Economy in OECD and European Countries: Some Preliminary Empirical Results" by Sebastian Spiegel


[19.06.2014]

Jena Lecture on European Economic Integration

On the 19th of June 2014 at 6 pm Prof. Fernando Gómez from the Universidad Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona gave a lecture on European economic integration with the following title:

"Law and Choice in Consumer Contracts: A View from Law and Economics"



[26.05.2014]

Jena Lecture on European Economic Integration

On 26th of May 2014 the Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence Jena and the German-American Lawyers Association (DAJV) invited to a lecture event with the title "Regulatory Competition in Europe and the United States". In two (English) lectures Prof. Stefan Vogenauer from the University of Oxford and Prof. Erin O'Hara O'Connor from the Vanderbilt Law School dealt with matters relating to the competition of legal systems from an European and an American perspective.

Prof. Stefan Vogenauer gave a lecture with the following title:
"Integration through Private International Law: Parties' Preferences in the Context of Choice of Law and Choice of Forum".

Prof. Erin O'Hara O'Connor gave a lecture with the following title:
"Regulatory Competition Outside the Boundaries of Contract Law".



[20.-22.05.2014]

Student excursion to Institutions of the European Union

The excursion was open to students of the Law Faculty intersted in European Law and to students of political science specialising in European integration. The following EU-institutions were visited:

  • European Court of Justice
  • European Court of Auditors
  • European Investment Bank

The excursion was prepared by an introductive session in which the students were familiarised with the institutions visited.

For more information click here.

 

Impressions of the excursion to the EU-institutions...

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[08.05.2014]

Jean Monnet Dissertation Prize

On the 8th of May 2014 the first Jean Monnet Dissertation Prize was awarded to Dr. Julia Zimmermann for her Dissertation "International Mobility As a Context of Personality and Relationship Development in Young Adulthood".  

Here you find the press release of the University Jena.



[08.05.2014]

Lecture on the economic relations of Germany and France

On the 8th of May 2014 Guillaume Duval gave a lecture on the economic relations of Germany and France with the following title:

"Warum es Deutschland besser geht als Frankreich und den anderen in Europa" (in deutscher Sprache).

The event took place in cooperation with "Institut francais in Thuringia".



[10.04.2014]

Jena Lecture on European Economic Integration

On the 10th of April 2014 Prof. Dr. Patrick Messerlin from SciencesPo, Paris gave a lecture on European economic integration with the following title:

"Negotiating issues ín Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) and other mega-Preferential Trade Agreements (PTA)".



[23.-24.01.2014]

Education in Europe between Economy and Autonomy

Workshop and panel discussion on benefits and risks of a common European educational policy

How could Europe benefit from a closer educational cooperation and what are the risks of a common educational policy? Three experts from the fields of vocational training and higher education research had been invited to Jena to discuss this and related topics. Dr. Eva Maria Vögtle-Köckeritz from the German Centre for Research on Higher Education and Science Studies (DZHW), Dr. Knut Diekmann from the Association of German Chambers of Commerce and Industry (DIHK) and Dr. Philipp Grollmann from the Federal Institute for Vocational Education and Training (BIBB) gave insights in their activities during a panel discussion on Thursday, 23 January. A workshop, held on the following day, gave students the opportunity to ask them more questions about European educational policy. The experts saw benefits as well as risks connected with a closer European educational cooperation. On the one hand, the latter could foster cohesion among the European peoples as well as generate additional economic benefits. On the other hand, education could be exploited by certain players to achieve their own aims.

Another important topic dealt with by the discussions was the relationship between education and the economy: To what extent should education serve economic interests? Should education and training provide directly job-related or also other skills? How should the education system be financed - publicly or privately? Is it good or bad when companies fund education? The experts' as wells as the audience's contributions showed that many people perceive economic influence on education negatively but also know that it would not be wise to decouple education completely from any economic references. As the well-known PISA study has been often criticised to serve only economic needs and ignore other aims of education, it did not take a long time until the discussion turned to this comparative study. While the experts supported many critical points regarding PISA, they highlighted that it had positive impacts, too.  For example, it analyzed the social background of the pupils and by thereby identified disadvantaged social groups.

The panel discussion and following workshop gave the participants many insights into an often controversial but nevertheless crucial topic of contemporary European and national politics.

(Text by Prof. Dr. Olaf Leiße)
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[05.12.2013]

Jena Lecture on European Economic Integration

On the 5th of December 2013 Prof. Dr. Diarmuid Rossa Phelan from Trinity College Dublin gave a lecture on European economic integration with the following title:

"The Concept of Allegiance Shaped by the Dual Roles of Judges in the EU Jurisdiction".



[28.-29.11.2013]

Workshop: Changing Patterns of Economic Governance

Between the 28th of November and the 29th of November the Worksahop "Changing Patterns of Economic Governance" took place.

The workshop sketched out fundamental changes in the governance of market regulation. It focused on the long-term effects of law-making in the course of the recent crises, the emergence of independent authorities and the role played by parliaments in these developments. In its second part, the workshop dealt with the changing patterns of the state-market dichotomy

A. Changes of the institutional setting

  1. How does law-making under economic pressure change the law itself? (Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Hoffmann-Riem, Hamburg)
  2. The crisis as a catalyst for the emergence of independent authorities (Prof. Dr. Thomas Groß, Osnabrück)
  3. Does the crisis lead to a re-balancing of powers between parliaments and governments? (Prof. Dr. Maurizio Bach, Passau)

B. Changes in the state-market dichotomy

  1. Rules or principles: towards a stronger discretion based administrative regulation? (Prof. Dr. Herwig Hofmann, Luxembourg)
  2. Cui bono: why is there a growing role of soft law instruments? (Prof. Dr. Matthias Knauff, Jena)
  3. Taking stock: the remaining room for self-regulation (Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Weiß, Speyer)