Comparative EU Law

Speakers/Events

GLS has, since its inception, organized events on Comparative EU law with support from the UW-Madison's European Union Center of Excellence on a variety of topics in order to expand our expertise as well as build a network of scholars working on EU law. 

2005-2006

  • Nov. 15, 2005: In Search of a "European Contract Law" and its Implications for Eastern Europe by Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Norbert Reich (Faculty of Law, Bremen University, and Ex-Rector, Riga Graduate School). Hosted by Professor David Trubek with introductions by Professor Stewart Macaulay. Sponsored by the European Union Center for Excellence, the Center for Russia, East Europe and Central Asia (CREECA), the European Studies Alliance, GLSI, the Wisconsin Project on Governance and Regulation (WISGAR), and the Wisconsin Contracts Group.

  • Nov. 16, 2005: Old vs. New Europe -- Social Stability vs. Labor Mobility: The Laval Litigation by Norbert Reich (Faculty of Law, Bremen University, and Ex-Rector, Riga Graduate School) Sponsored by the EU Center of Excellence, the Institute for Legal Studies, the Center for East Europe and Central Asia, GLSI, the Wisconsin Project on Governance and Regulation, and the Wisconsin Contracts Group.

  • April 24, 2006: Marshall Monnet Lecture: "New Governance in EU Environmental Regulation" by Joanne Scott, Professor of European Law and Director of the Center for Law and Governance in Europe, University College London. Noon-2:00 in Lubar Commons (7200 Law). Approved for 2.0 CLE Credits for Wisconsin Attorneys.

  • April 24, 2006 "Public Health and Comparative Health Policy in the EU: A Transatlantic Dialogue" Workshop cosponsored by the European Union Center of Excellence, The Center for Global Health (CGH), the Law School Health Law Project, the Center for World Affairs and the Global Economy (WAGE), the Global Legal Studies Initiative (GLSI) and the Institute for Legal Studies (ILS). Guest speakers include Tamara Hervey (Professor of Law, Nottingham), Dr.Francisco Sevilla (OECD), and Canice Nolan (European Commission) with commentary by UW Professors Javier Nieto, Dave Kinding, and Louise Trubek. April 24: 3:00-6:00 at the Medical School - Health Sciences Learning Center.For more information contact Sebnem Ozkan at eucenter@intl-institute.wisc.edu.

2006-2007

  • February 15, 2007: German and American Models for Gender Equality in Law and Policy,” by Professor Myra Marx Ferree, Professor of Sociology and Director, Center for German and European Studies, UW-Madison. Sponsored by GLSI and hosted by Professor Heinz Klug, 2/15/07 – 12.00-1.00. Lubar Commons (7200 Law). Open to all – no registration required.

  • April 11, 2007: “A European Constitutional Patriotism? The Case Restated,” by Professor Jan-Werner Mueller, Assistant Professor, Department of Politics at Princeton University. Professor Mueller’s areas of specialization are: political theory; history of modern political thought; and European politics and society. 4/11/07, Noon – 1.30 pm, Lubar Commons (7200 Law), Sponsored by Global Legal Studies and the European Union Center of Excellence.

2007-2008

  • March 7, 2008: Wisconsin International Law Journal Annual Symposium, “When Medical Tourism Meets Health Law: US-EU Dialogue,” Wisconsin International Law Journal Annual Symposium, featuring the following speakers: Christopher Newdick, University of Reading, UK.; Mark Flear, Queen’s University Belfast; Johan van de Gronden, Radboud University, The Netherlands; Vassilis Hatzopolos, Democritus University of Thrace, Greece; Harold Bressler, The Joint Commission, Chicago; Nathan Cortez SMU Dedman School of Law, Texas;  Scott Greer, University of Michigan School of Public Health; Eleanor Kinney Indiana University School of Law; Thomas McLean, University of Kansas; Frank Pasquale, Seton Hall Law School; Diane Romza-Kutz, Epstein, Becker & green PC, Chicago & Louise Trubek, UW Law School, 1335 Health Sciences Learning Center, UW-Madison 8:30 am-5:00 pm open to UW students and faculty and the legal community, CLE credit for Wisconsin Attorneys and other details pending, multiple sponsors.  Contact Rebecca Miller (remiller2@wisc.edu).

  • April 3, 2008: “Genocide in Namibia: Negotiating the Past between Namibia and Germany," by Professor Reinhart Kössler, Adjunct Professor of Sociology, University of Münster and Researcher, Arnold Bergstraesser Institute, Freiburg, Germany, in the series Law, War and Human Security, Noon-1:15pm, Lubar Commons (7200 Law), sponsored by the Center for German and European Studies and co-sponsored by the Global Legal Studies Center and the Human Rights Initiative at University of Wisconsin-Madison.

2008-2009

  • October 30, 2008: "Passion and Reason in European Integration" lecture by Professor Miguel Maduro, Advocate General, European Court of Justice and Professor of European and International Law at the Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Noon-1:15, Lubar Commons (7200 Law) Sponsored by the Global Legal Studies Center, European Union Center of Excellence and other sponsors pending.

  • October 30, 2008: Workshop on “Courts and Pluralism: In Search of a Theory of Judicial Adjudication in a Context of Legal and Constitutional Pluralism” with Professor Miguel Maduro, Advocate General, European Court of Justice and Professor of European and International Law at the Universidade Nova de Lisboa, details pending. 3:00-5:30 pm, Lubar Commons (7200 Law). If you are interested in obtaining a copy, please email Sumudu Atapattu (saatapattu@wisc.edu).

  • March 27, 2009: What's the Difference Between Corporation Law and Securities Regulation? A US-EU Comparative Perspective,” by Richard Buxbaum, J.D. Program and Jackson H. Ralston Professor of International Law, UC-Berkeley Law School (Boalt Hall). Hosted by Kathryn Hendley, University of Wisconsin Law School, part of the speaker series on Ideas and Innovations in Legal Scholarship, sponsored by the UW Law School and the Institue for Legal Studies, cosponsored by the Center for European Studies, the EU Center of Excellence and the Global Legal Studies Center, Noon-1:15pm, Lubar Commons (7200 Law).

  • May 6, 2009: "In Search of a Gendered Approach to the European Immigration Policy," by Maria Pia Belloni Mignatti (Visiting NYU), sponsored by GLS, WAGE and European Union Center of Excellence and TARGET, Noon, Lubar Commons (7200 Law).

2009-2010

  • November 20-21, 2009: "Transatlantic Conference on New Governance and the Transformation of Law" Friday, Nov. 20th and Sat. Nov. 21st, All day in Pyle Center room 325, by invitation only.  Multiple sponsors. See conference details

2010-2011

  • September 3, 2010: “Reparations for Mass Human Rights Violations: A Gendered Approach” by Professor Ruth Rubio Marin, Professor, European University Institute, Florence, Italy, sponsored by the Global Legal Studies Center, European Union Center for Excellence, FEMSEM, The Gender and International Policy Research Circle (TARGET) and the Human Rights Initiative, 12:00-1:15pm, Lubar Commons (7200 Law).  All are welcome, no registration necessary.

  • November 10, 2010: "The Importance of Actor Cleavages in Negotiating a European Constitution," by Professor Madeleine Hosli, Professor of International Relations, Department of Political Science, Leiden University, visiting professor University of Michigan, sponsored by EU Center and GLS, noon-1:15pm, Lubar Commons.

  • April 12, 2011: “French-German Relations: A contribution to the European Union”  by French Consul General Graham Paul and German Consul General Onno Huckmann, sponsored by the European Union Center of Excellence and co-sponsored by the Global Legal Studies Center, April 12, 2011, Noon-1:15pm in Lubar Commons (7200 Law).  A light lunch will be served on a first come first served basis.

2011-2012

  • December 5, 2011: Lecture on "Transitional Justice or Just Transitions: The German Case, 1945-1950" by Professor Devin Pendas, Department of History, Boston College, sponsored by the Center for German and European Studies and GLS, part of the speaker series on "Laws Response to Consequences of Violent Conflict," noon-1:15pm Lubar Commons (7200 Law), a light lunch will be served on a first come, first served basis.

  • April 10, 2012: Lecture on  "A Specific Legal Status for Public Employees in EU Member States: The cases of Belgium, the Netherlands, the UK, Sweden and France" by Professor Alexander de Becker, University of Hasselt, Belgium and GLS visiting scholar, Noon - 1:15, Lubar Commons, sponsored by GLS and European Union Center for Excellence, a light lunch will be served on a first come first served basis.

2012-2013

  • April 18, 2013: "Judging Inequalities: The Jurisprudence of the German Federal Constitutional Court," by Judge Susanne Baer, Judge of the German Constitutional Court, 4:00-5:00pm, followed by a reception, Lubar Commons, multiple sponsors.

2013-2014

  • April 28, 2014: “Establishing a Minimum Wage for the European Union: The Potential of ‘New’ Normative Hybridity” by George Wilson, doctoral candidate and teaching assistant at the School of Law, University of Leeds, UK., and GLS visiting scholar, Noon – 1:15pm, Lubar Commons, sponsored by GLS, EUCE

    Abstract: With the financial crisis of 2008 and the sovereign debt crisis of 2010, the idea of a minimum wage for the European Union (EU) has been brought to the fore of academic and political debate. Set against a background of real wage decline and regressive wage interventionism, this presentation will argue that not only does the EU need a minimum wage, but also that its establishment is possible. Although each member state has a form of minimum wage – whether creating a universal, sectoral, or occupational wage floor – the problem of low wages persists. Importantly, coordination between member states, not relative equivalence, is submitted as the basis for the operation of an EU minimum wage.
    The possibility of an EU minimum wage is complicated by the Treaties, with the EU not having competence in the area of pay. As opposed to looking to express and implied powers, and ‘auxiliary’ arguments, the idea that an EU minimum wage may be established by using other processes and procedures in the EU’s institutional and policy framework will be investigated, specifically, the combination of governance processes and a social partner agreement. This suggestion is argued to give rise to a ‘new’ form of normative hybridity, which in turn leads to questions concerning the conceptualization, function and benefit of such a design. As a response, (tentative) answers to each will be outlined.

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