Book presentations

Democratic Constitutionalization of the EU

WP 2 – The Constitutionalisation of the EU, the Europeanisation of National Constitutions, and Constitutionalism Compared

WP 2 events


New book: Learning from the EU Constitutional Treaty  

On 30 November 2011, the book Learning from the EU Constitutional Treaty:Democratic Constitutionalization beyond the Nation-State by Ben Crum (co-leader of RECON’s WP 2) is published by Routledge. This research monograph provides a comprehensive analysis of the making of the Constitutional Treaty and the subsequent Treaty of Lisbon. It uses this analysis to develop an original political theory of democratic constitutionalisation beyond the nation-state, which maintains that international organizations can be put on democratic foundations, but only by properly engaging national political structures.

Read more on the publisher’s website.


Two public presentations of the book have been scheduled:


Brussels, 5 December 2011, 13:15-14:30

Venue: CEPS Conference Room, 1, Place du Congrès, Brussels

Host: Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS)

On Monday 5 December, Ben Crum presents Learning from the EU Constitutional Treaty at the Centre for European Policy Studies in Brussels.

Richard Corbett, Member of the Cabinet of Herman Van Rompuy and former Rapporteur on the Constitutional Treaty and on the Lisbon Treaty, will act as a discussant. A second discussant is to be confirmed.

Information and registration


The Hague, 13 December 2011, 17:00-19:00

Venue: Dudok, Hofweg 1a, The Hague

Host: Wiardi Beckman Stichting

On Tuesday 13 December, the Europe-fund of the Wiardi Beckman Stichting organizes a presentation of Learning from the EU Constitutional Treaty in The Hague – IN DUTCH.

Discussants at this occasion are Frans Timmermans, former member of the European Convention on behalf of the Dutch Lower House, and Tom de Bruijn, former permanent representative of The Netherlands at the EU. The meeting is chaired by Jan Marinus Wiersma, board member of the WBS-Europe fund and former Member of the European Parliament.

Free entrance, but please register here



Read more on the research objectives of WP 2, and on the overall research objectives of RECON.