Supranational Delegation in the Crisis of European Integration

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The Law School of University of Antwerp (UA) is hosting a seminar with Peter L. Lindseth, a Olimpiad S. Ioffe Professor of International and Comparative Law at the University of Connecticut and a leading scholar in the area of legal history of public governance (see his recent book, Power and Legitimacy: Reconciling Europe and the Nation-State, OUP, 2010).

Marta Simoncini organised this event with the support of the Law&Government Research Group and the Business&Law Research Group of the UA Law School.

The seminar, entitled "Supranational Delegation in the Crisis of European Integration", aims to discuss Lindseth's approach to European Integration. Lindseth considers the European integration as a process of fragmentation and diffusion of regulatory powers in the domain of administrative law. This approach emphasises that the EU has no constitutional autonomy, but it only benefits from a "mediated form of legitimacy" derived from the nation-state constitutional orders.

As long as the paradigms of EU integration affect EU policies and goals, the EU crisis has given new blood to the discussion of the (already present) issues connected to the legitimacy of the EU. To what extent supranational delegation of competences is legitimate? What are the legal guarantees that should lead such a delegation? And more generally, can the administrative law paradigm of EU integration fully explain the EU legal experience?

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