When academics, policymakers, media commentators, and citizens talk about a European Union (EU) “democratic deficit,” they often miss part of the story. My new book, From the “Democratic Deficit” to a “Democratic Surplus”: Constructing Administrative Democracy in Europe (Oxford University Press, 2017), challenges the conventional narrative of an EU “democratic deficit.” It argues that EU … Continue reading From the “Democratic Deficit” to a “Democratic Surplus”: Constructing Administrative Democracy in Europe
The Aix-en-provence Centre de recherches administratives (CRA) held its 40th panel discussion on 3-4 November 2017. For the last forty years, the CRA kindly invites academic experts in administrative law from across Europe (Belgium, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Luxembourg, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Switzerland, the Netherlands, UK) and beyond (Japan, China) to discuss topical … Continue reading Account: “Citizens-administration: 40 years of administrative reforms”, Aix-en-provence
October 2017 marked the publication of the Edward Elgar Research Handbook on EU Tort Law. This is part of the series of Research Handbooks in European Law published by leading Law publishing house, Edward Elgar, which offer authoritative reference points for academics, students, and practitioners studying or working in EU law, private law and comparative … Continue reading Editing a Handbook on European Union Tort Law – Brexit, Language and Deadlines
Lancaster Law School has recently joined the British Association of Comparative Law (BACL) and will host the BACL Postgraduate Workshop in 2019. Here, Lancaster’s BACL representative, Dr Mary Guy, writes about her experience of conducting comparative law research for her PhD. My PhD provides a timely insight into how the competition provisions of the Health … Continue reading Mary Guy – Comparative law research & PhD
Should the courts be able to regulate contractual terms which impose a penalty for breach of contract? This is a question which goes to the heart of the principle of freedom of contract. We know that contracting parties will often seek to rely on penalty clauses to “discourage” the other party from breaking the contract … Continue reading Paula Giliker – Penalty clauses in the private law courts of Europe – To enforce or not to enforce (or to modify)?