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Panels and Papers in Pittsburgh: Dr Moritz Jesse and Dr Darinka Piqani at the 18th Biennial European Union Studies Association (EUSA)

The 18th Biennial EUSA conference, with the theme 'Beyond Sui Generis? Understanding the EU as a Comparative Polity and an Interdisciplinary Subject', took place on 4 to 6 May 2023 at the University of Pittsburgh (PA), USA. The Europa Institute was represented by Dr Moritz Jesse and Dr Darinka Piqani.

Dr Jesse organised and chaired the panel 'The European Court of Justice and the Internal Market of the EU: How the Case-Law of the Court follows Economic, Political, and Legal Developments'. The panel explored how changes of the economy affect the functioning of the EU’s internal market and how the Court of Justice of the EU reacts. Dr Jesse also presented his work on ‘reverse harmonization’ in internal market legislation and the increasing leeway left for Member States to justify restrictions on fundamental market freedoms. In the same panel, Dr  Piqani presented her research findings on the interpretation by the Court of Justice of justification grounds listed in the Services Directive and its implications for Member State autonomy.

In another panel which he organised,  Dr Jesse presented his research on '"Othering" as Policy: The Differentiated Reception of Immigrants from Third-Countries in EU Policy and Legislation'. He was also a speaker in the book panel 'Research Handbook on EU Migration and Asylum Law' (Edward Elgar 2022)' where he presented his chapter entitled 'Non-Discrimination and the Challenge of Integration'.  Meanwhile, Dr  Piqani presented her work in a panel on European identity, national identity, and law, and discussed potential limits to the concept of national identity. Dr Piqani rounded up the conference by discussing judicial independence in the context of EU conditionality.  Her presentation focused on lessons that can be drawn by pre-accession countries in the Western Balkans,  and was part of the panel entitled 'The EU and the Rule of Law: Challenges and Ways Forward'.

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