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The Idea of Economic Constitution in Europe: Genealogy and Overview

L’idée de constitution économique en Europe : généalogie et état des lieux

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Published on Tuesday, May 03, 2022

Abstract

The notion of “Economic Constitution” has now become a key concept not only in law, but also in other social sciences (economics, political philosophy, etc.). The 7th Journées internationales David-Constant therefore propose to retrace the somewhat turbulent history of the concept and to study its current relevance within the various (state and supranational) legal orders in Europe. Coinciding with the launch (in Open Access) of the edited volume The Idea of Economic Constitution in Europe. Genealogy and Overview (Brill), this interdisciplinary symposium (held in English and French with simultaneous translation) will gather the nearly thirty contributors to the volume, in order to extend the discussions covered in the latter. Beyond the global overview of the issues in positive and comparative law, the speakers will also question the theoretical and conceptual frameworks that structure the current debates in and across law, economy and politics. 

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Presentation

In 1970, a seminal conference dedicated to the ‘European Economic Constitution’ took place at the University of Liège. After half a century of doctrinal debates, the notion of ‘Economic Constitution’ has now become a key concept not only in law, but also in other social sciences (economics, political philosophy, etc.). The 7th Journées internationales David-Constant therefore propose to retrace the somewhat turbulent history of the concept and to study its current relevance within the various (state and supranational) legal orders in Europe. Coinciding with the launch (in Open Access) of the book : G. Grégoire & X. Miny (eds.), The Idea of Economic Constitution in Europe. Genealogy and Overview (Brill), the event will gather the nearly thirty contributors to the volume, in order to extend the discussions covered in the latter.

The symposium will first aim to clarify the assumptions and presuppositions of the theories underlying the notion of ‘Economic Constitution’. Second, it will seek to identify the legal and political effects of economic constitutionalization. Beyond the global overview of the issues in positive and comparative law, the speakers will also question the theoretical and conceptual frameworks that structure the current debates in and across law, economy and politics. To that end, each of the three days of the conference will be devoted to a global theme:

  • ‘Genealogy of the Concept - Historical and Theoretical Perspectives’;
  • ‘European Economic Constitution - From Micro to Macro’;
  • ‘National Economic Constitutions and Global Governance’

The conference will be held in hybrid format (on site and online) and both in English and French, with simultaneous translation, and will be organized in such a way as to encourage stimulating and interactive exchanges within the panels and between the speakers and the audience.

This collective project is coordinated by Guillaume Grégoire and Xavier Miny, researchers at the Faculty of Law, Political Science and Criminology of the University of Liège.

Program

6 July 2022 (day 1) - Genealogy of the concept : Historical and theoretical perspectives

9h00-9h30 | Registration

9h30-9h40 | Welcoming address

9h40-10h00 | Opening remarks, Guillaume GREGOIRE (ULiège - Belgium)

10h00-11h30 | Discussions - panel 1

Chaired by Wim DECOCK (UCLouvain-ULiège, Belgium)

The emergence of the concept From the Physiocrats to the Weimar Republic

  • Philippe STEINER Université Paris-Sorbonne (France)
  • Hugues RABAULT Université Paris-Saclay (France)
  • Guillaume GREGOIRE ULiège (Belgium)
  • Peter C. CALDWELL Rice University, Houston (USA)

Coffee break

11h45-12h45 | Discussion with the audience

Lunch

14h15-15h45 | Discussions - panel 2

Chaired by Nicolas THIRION (ULiège, Belgium)

The (neo)liberal recapture of the conceptGerman ordoliberalism, Hayekian Inflexions and American Neoliberalism

  • Thomas BIEBRICHER Copenhagen Business School (Denmark)
  • Serge AUDIER Université Paris-Sorbonne (France)
  • Werner BONEFELD University of York (UK)
  • Vincent VALENTIN Sciences Po Rennes (France)

Coffee break

16h00-17h00 | Discussion with the audience

Closing remarks

7 July 2022 (day 2) - The European Economic Constitution : From Micro to Macro

9h00-9h30 | Registration

9h30-9h40 | Welcoming address

9h40-10h00 | Opening remarks, Pieter VAN CLEYNENBREUGEL (ULiège - Belgium)

10h00-11h30 | Discussions - panel 3

Chaired by Antoine VANDENBULKE (UMons, Belgium)

The Microeconomic Constitution of the European Union Fundamental Economic Freedoms and Competition Law

  • Pieter VAN CLEYNENBREUGEL ULiège (Belgium)
  • Frédéric MARTY CNRS - Université Côte d'Azur (France)
  • Xavier MINY ULiège (Belgium)
  • Claire MONGOUACHON Université Paris-Nanterre (France)
  • Hans MICKLITZ EUI Florence (Italie)

Coffee break

11h45-12h45 | Discussion with the audience

Lunch

14h15-15h45 | Discussions- panel 4

Chaired by Quentin DETIENNE (ULiège, Belgium)

The Macroeconomic Constitution of the European UnionThe Advent of Economic and Monetary Union

  • Francesco MARTUCCI Université Paris-Panthéon-Assas (France)
  • Susanna Maria CAFARO Università del Salento (Italy)
  • Hjalte LOKDAM LSE (UK)
  • Peter LINDSETH University of Connecticut (USA)
  • Michael WILKINSON LSE (UK)
  • Cristina FASONE LUISS Guido Carli University (Italy)

Coffee break

16h00-17h00 | Discussion with the audience

Closing remarks

8 July 2022 (day 3) - National economic constitutions and Global Governance

9h00-9h30 | Registration

9h30-9h40 | Welcoming address

9h40-10h00 | Opening remarks Xavier MINY (ULiège - Belgium)

10h00-11h30 | Discussions - panel 5

Chaired by Frédéric BOUHON (ULiège, Belgium)

National Economic Constitutions A Legal Analysis

  • Pierre NIHOUL UCLouvain & President of the Constitutional Court (Belgium)
  • Peter-Christian MULLER-GRAFF Universität Heidelberg (Germany)
  • François COLLY Université Paris-Saclay (France)
  • Tony PROSSER University of Bristol (UK)

Coffee break

11h45-12h45 | Discussion with the audience

Lunch

14h15-15h45 | Discussions - panel 6

Chaired by Marc BOURGEOIS (ULiège, Belgium)

Global Governance & New (Economic) Constitutionalism Federalism and Competition between Jurisdictions

  • Damien PIRON ULouvain (Belgium)
  • Thibault BISCAHIE York University (Canada)
  • Mahmoud MOHAMED SALAH Université de Nouakchott (Mauritania)
  • Stephen GILL York University (Canada)
  • Sebastien ADALID Université Rouen Normandie (France)

Coffe break

16h00-17h00 | Discussion with the audience

17h00-17h30 | Overall conclusions Christian JOERGES (Hertie School of Berlin, Germany)

Closing address

Closing reception

Information and registration

Free on registration : link

Places

  • ISLV - Bâtiment L5 - Rue de Pitteurs, n° 18
    Liège, Belgium (4020)

Event attendance modalities

Hybrid event (on site and online)


Date(s)

  • Wednesday, July 06, 2022
  • Thursday, July 07, 2022
  • Friday, July 08, 2022

Keywords

  • history of concepts, law, political, economy, interdisciplinarity, neoliberalism, ordoliberalism, authoritarian liberalism, Republic of Weimar, physiocrat, economic and monetary union, EU competition law, internal market, competition, jurisdiction

Contact(s)

  • Guillaume Grégoire
    courriel : guillaume [dot] gregoire [at] uliege [dot] be
  • Xavier Miny
    courriel : Xavier [dot] Miny [at] uliege [dot] be

Information source

  • Guillaume Grégoire
    courriel : guillaume [dot] gregoire [at] uliege [dot] be

License

CC0-1.0 This announcement is licensed under the terms of Creative Commons CC0 1.0 Universal.

To cite this announcement

« The Idea of Economic Constitution in Europe: Genealogy and Overview », Conference, symposium, Calenda, Published on Tuesday, May 03, 2022, https://doi.org/10.58079/18te

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