The Reform Treaty and national constitutions

Towards further Europeanisation? What are the democratic implications?

WP 2 – Constitutional politics 

WP 2 events

Madrid, 25-26 January 2008

Venue: Centre for Political and Constitutional Studies, Ministry of the Presidency, Madrid

This workshop is the inaugural workshop for RECON’s WP 2. It seeks to combine three core concerns pertaining to the democratic implications of European constitutionalisation. The EU has recently embarked on a new round of constitution-making after the referenda rejections of the Laeken Constitutional Treaty. We take this as our natural point of departure for what will be a more comprehensive assessment of European constitution-making and its imprint on – and interweaving with – national constitutions. The workshop will offer a preliminary assessment of the substantive and procedural aspects of the Reform Treaty – in the context of the broader framework of EU constitutionalisation. Since the constitutional dimension also figures strongly in other parts of RECON, particular efforts are made to integrate the work done in other WPs with the work conducted in WP 2.

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


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Download PDF of the programme (21.01.08 – final)

Friday 25 January

10:00  I. Introduction and words of welcome 

Carlos Closa (Deputy Director for Studies and Research, CEPC)

10:15  II. The RECON project

Overview of the project
The Laeken constitution-making process assessed from the three RECON models
John Erik Fossum (ARENA) and Agustín José Menéndez (University of León)

10:45-14:00  III. Assessing the Reform Treaty 

Chair: Carlos Closa (CEPC)  

The Reform Treaty and national constitutions: More or less Europeanisation?

Bruno de Witte (European University Institute)

Discussant: Miguel Poiares Maduro (European Court of Justice) 

11:45 Coffee break 

What’s left of the Charter? Reflections on law and political mythology

Julio Baquero (CEPC)

Discussant: Isabela Atanasiu (CEPC) 

13:30-15:30  Lunch

15:30-20:00  IV. Europe’s constitutional future – European and national angles

Chair: Julio Baquero (CEPC)

The constitutional debates in Member States

Hans-Jörg Trenz (ARENA) and Ulrike Liebert (University of Bremen)

Discussant: Elena Jileva (CEPC)

The role of ratification in EU constitutional politics

Carlos Closa (CEPC)

Discussant: Ignacio Molina (Autonomous University of Madrid)

17:30 Coffee break

Europeanisation of national constitutions

Anneli Albi (University of Kent)

Discussant: José María de Areilza (Instituto de Empresa)

Constitutional Courts in the Europeanisation of national constitutions

Kristine Kruma (Riga Graduate School of Law) 

Discussant: Daniel Sarmiento (Universidad Complutense de Madrid)

21:00  Dinner

Saturday 26 January

Chair:  Rainer Schmalz-Bruns (University of Hannover)

On the future of the European Constitution

Hauke Brunkhorst (University
of Flensburg)

Discussant: Eric Miklin (Institute for Advanced Studies)

11:30 Coffee break 

11:15-13:00  V. RECON project integration

John Erik Fossum (WP 2)
Agustín J. Menéndez (WP 7)
Grzegorz Pozarlik (WP 8)
Rainer Schmalz-Bruns (WP 1)


13:30 Lunch 


Organised by the Centre for Political and Constitutional Studies, Madrid

Contact: Antonio Barroso