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Book Launch: Foreign Policy Objectives in European Constitutional Law

Thursday 21 April 2016
Leiden University College The Hague
Anna van Buerenplein 301
2595DG Den Haag
Auditorium (room 2.21)

On 21 April 2016 from 16:00-17:15, Leiden University College (LUC), in collaboration with The Hague Institute for Global Justice and the Centre for the Law of EU External Relations (CLEER) at the T.M.C. Asser Institute, will host a book launch and panel discussion for Dr. Joris Larik’s new monograph “Foreign Policy Objectives in European Constitutional Law”, which has just been published by Oxford University Press. The event, which features academics and practitioners to discuss some of the book’s main themes and findings, will take place in the auditorium of Leiden University College The Hague, followed by a drinks reception in the lobby of LUC.

The program of the event will be as follows:

  • Introductory Remarks by Prof. Kutsal Yesilkagit, Dean of the Faculty of Governance and Global Affairs at Leiden University
  • Presentation by Dr. Joris Larik, author of “Foreign Policy Objectives in European Constitutional Law”
  • Comment by Dr. Tamara Takacs, Academic Programme Coordinator of the Centre of the Law of EU External Relations (CLEER) at the T.M.C. Asser Institute
  • Comment by Prof. Roel van der Veen, Academic Advisor and Head of the Global Governance Project at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands 
  • Closing Remarks and Outlook by Dr. Abi Williams, President of The Hague Institute for Global Justice
  • Questions and discussion
  • Drinks reception

Presenting the first comprehensive account of foreign policy objectives as a growing part of European constitutional law, the book confronts the trend of enshrining international ambitions in the highest laws of states and the European Union. Closely examining the provisions of foreign policy objectives, it differentiates their legal force and functions, situating them into the overall legal order of the state, the EU, and the composite ‘European constitutional space’. Larik argues that the codification of foreign policy objectives suggests a progression in the evolution of the role of the constitution: from limiting public authority to guiding it towards certain goals, both at home and in the wider world.

Joris Larik is Assistant Professor of Comparative, European, and International Law at Leiden University College and Senior Researcher at The Hague Institute for Global Justice. Foreign Policy Objectives in European Constitutional Law is based on Larik’s doctoral dissertation, which he defended in June 2013 at the European University Institute in Florence and where it was subsequently awarded the 2014 Mauro Cappelletti Prize for the Best Thesis in Comparative Law.

More information about the book can be found here.

The Facebook event can be found here.

The lecture is free and open to the public.

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