Annual Conference: Law and Policy in European Integration (1960s-1990s) - Call for Papers

October 31, 2019

From its beginnings, European integration involved legal solutions to very concrete policy issues, and led to the build-up of a large body of policy-relevant law – ranging from agriculture and competition to the environment and social policy. The fourth annual conference of the Research Field ‘Legal History of the European Union’ to be held at the MPIeR on 9 and 10 June 2020, will thus focus on the relationship between law and policy in European integration from the 1960s to the 1990s.

The relationship between law and policy goes both ways. On the one hand, we may ask, how did European law shape European policy making? How did legal actors – lawyers within the institutions and courts – and legal norms and ideas, treaty bases or doctrines enable or limit the development of various policies and the legal instruments chosen? On the other hand, we may inquire, how European policy shaped European law – through legislation and court cases? The objective of the conference is to enhance our understanding what integration through law means with a view to European policies that have increasingly come to shape the lives and livelihoods of European citizens.

We invite contributions (please consult the detailed call for papers) of not more than 150 words by 1st December 2019. Please email your proposal and a short CV (100 words) to

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