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The Euro-Crisis as a Multi-Dimensional Systemic Failure of the EU

2 Day Conference, Centre for European Legal Studies, University of Cambridge, Faculty of Law

31 March - 1 April 2016

The Centre for European Legal Studies (CELS) is organising a multidisciplinary conference exploring the many crises the EU faces.  The theme of the conference is the contextualisation of the Eurocrisis, and the exploration of a broader systemic background that might have created or fostered it.  Various perspectives (doctrinal, theoretical, empirical and institutional) from an array of social science disciplines will be explored during the event - with the Eurocrisis acting as the basis for discussion. 

It has been a seminal milestone in the history of European integration which has challenged not only the strength and legitimacy of the EU’s institutional structure, but also the conceptual core of the European project itself.  The conference aims to reconnect legal analysis about the crisis with the broader themes that have been the focus of other disciplines and determine whether the crisis is best theorised as a failure of particular policy choices, or whether it is symptomatic of a deeper systemic failure of the European project.

The answer to that question will not only enable us to reconstruct a broader and more holistic narrative to the nature and causes of the crisis, but will also pin down the precise contribution of the EU in it, and the implications for the future of European integration. The conference will move beyond traditional legal debates about the crisis in three ways:

  • By going beyond the exploration of the immediate legal and institutional responses to the crisis, that have largely been the focus of legal analysis so far, and examining its broader consequences and effects (empirical level);
  • By identifying the different dimensions and aspects of the crisis and moving beyond its conceptualisation as a primarily economic - and largely isolated - phenomenon (conceptual level);
  • By looking at the extent to which these can be linked to the to the structural, normative, political and philosophical foundations of the EU (systemic level).



A copy of the programme can be found below.  Speakers include Professor Michelle Everson (Birkbeck), Professor Costas Lapavitsas (SOAS), Professor Magnus Ryner (KCL), Dr Michael Wilkinson (LSE), and Professor Brendan Simms (Cambridge, POLIS).






Please note that all requests for cancellations must be sent by email to:  Places cancelled 5 working days prior to the start of the conference will receive a 50% refund.  No refunds will be issued after this time.



You will find directions to the various venues included in the conference below:



Delegates new to Cambridge may find the Visit Cambridge website particularly useful.  This includes (amongst other things) information on accommodation and places to eat.



The Conference is accredited with 11.5 CPD points from the Law Society and Bar Council.



If you have any queries about the content of the conference please direct these to the Conference Convenors - Dr Eva Nanopoulos ( and Fotis Vergis (  Please direct logistical queries to the conference administrator, Mrs Felicity Eves-Rey (