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CELS Guest Speaker Series - Dr Signe Larsen - European Public Law After Empires

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The Centre for European Legal Studies (CELS) kindly invites you to the next guest speaker research seminar, which will take place on Wednesday 2 November, at 12.30-1.30pm on Zoom. You do not have to be CELS members to join. Undergraduate, Postgraduate and PhD students are also welcome to attend.

In this seminar Dr Signe Larsen (University of Oxford) will present to us her new article: European Public Law after Empires. You will find the abstract of the article, as well as the Zoom invite below.


This article seeks to remedy a fundamental flaw in the debate about European integration and European Union (EU) law: the almost complete absence of a reckoning with the legacy of empire and imperialism. The article shows that the significance of EU law can be understood only against the background of the historical transformation of the European public law order with the decline of the European empires. European integration is an integral part of a new European public law order that finally replaced the public law order of the European empires – Droit Public de l’Europe or Jus Publicum Europaeum – in which the European states held a privileged place as the only ‘civilised’, and hence, sovereign states in the world. The post-World War II European public law order entailed a new vision for domestic public law, but also constituted intra-European relations anew, and established a new set of external relations between Europe and its former colonies. With the shift from ‘European’ international law to ‘universal’ international law in the twentieth century, European integration helped carve out a space for ‘Europe’ in a world where Europe was no longer the centre of gravity.

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