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International Institute of Air and Space Law


Leiden Law School has a long tradition of research in air law and, of more recent vintage, in space law.

The current Faculty research programme relevant to these areas is ‘The progression of EU law: accommodating change and upholding values'. 
This programme investigates the principel question:

What are the institutional dynamics of the adoption of internal market legislation? 

The EU is facing crisis after crisis. How to handle the influx of refugees? How to deal with the Dutch ‘no’ in the referendum on the Association Agreement with Ukraine? How to cope with the ‘Brexit’ and placate other Eurosceptic Member States? How to save the Euro and prevent future economic crises? Or how to form an effective united front externally, for example concerning Ukraine and Syria? All these urgent issues, moreover, are taking place against a backdrop of more structural challenges.

This self-assessment considers the two consecutive research programmes designed to address parts of these interrelated challenges.

The new programme – the second to be assessed – started as of January 2015, and is entitled The Progression of EU Law: Accommodating Change and Upholding Values. The programme reflects the broad and diverse challenges facing the EU. It focuses precisely on the dynamics of change in the EU: how does EU law adapt and evolve whilst at the same time promoting its traditional and relatively constant values and objectives? And what does an analysis of the dynamics and constants of EU law and integration tell us about the nature, direction, potential and pitfalls of EU law?

  • How, for example, to organize our governments in times of globalization and interdependence?
  • How to redesign governance structures for this new global reality with acute distrust in politics and public institutions?
  • How to reconcile increasing activity above the state level with the remaining fundamental importance of national democracy? Or how to strengthen the social dimension of the internal market and European integration more generally?

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