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Call for Abstracts: Third Annual International Conference of the European Studies Graduate Fellows at Yale University

The European Studies Council at the MacMillan Center of Yale University invites proposals for the Third Annual International Conference of European Studies Graduate Fellows to take place virtually or in a hybrid format on April 29-30, 2022, at Yale University.

This Conference will bring together graduate students, early-career scholars, and established academics from across disciplines to discuss the most pressing challenges facing Europe, Russia, and Eurasia today.

Paper proposals are welcome for the following panel:

Whose Europe? Judicial Conversations in a changing Union
Name of chairs: Antoine De Spiegeleir, Lena Riemer
Faculty Discussant: Gráinne de Búrca

Since its inception, the European Union (EU) relied on courts to assert its authority and enforce EU law. At a moment when the European Union is facing a series of (existential) crises—from the sovereign debt and “refugee” crisis to the rule of law and Brexit—national and supranational judges adopt various approaches and attitudes toward this assertion, ranging from allyship to hesitance or even resistance. Time and again, courts’ influence on the EU legal order effective or potential—has come to the fore. In an ever-changing Union, it is crucial to understand the role of courts, both within and outside the EU, beyond that of rule-appliers and to recognize their influence as foundational actors in democracy and rule-of-law-building. What triggers judicial cooperation? What prompts backlash? Do either domestic courts or the European Court of Justice have the “upper hand” when it comes to shaping policy-making? How can the EU maintain its claim to autonomy and supremacy with or without the support of domestic judiciaries? How do these internal tensions affect the relations between the EU and the outside world?

This panel aims to address these and others questions by fostering a discussion on various instances of court interactions with, within, and beyond the EU. Interested graduate students and early-career scholars should send an email to by January 31, 2022, with a tentative title and abstract (no more than 500 words). Please also include a copy of your resume or CV (1 page). The final papers should be approximately 2,000 words and will be due March 31, 2022. Faculty discussant(s) will provide feedback for the selected papers and sit on the panel. All papers of the Conference will be published online in the Yale European Graduate Fellows Conference Journal (see here:

We encourage and welcome proposals from graduate students at partner institutions of the MacMillan Center, namely the University College London (UCL), institutions from The International Alliance of Research Universities (IARU), the Fox International Fellowship, the Baden-Württemberg Exchange Program, and other academic and research partners. However, applicants from any other institution are equally welcome to apply. We are committed to invite a
diverse panel and therefore explicitly encourage applicants from a variety of disciplines and backgrounds to apply.

Depending on the pandemic circumstances, governmental and university policies, speakers will either participate in person or virtually on April 29-30, 2022.

Organisation: European Studies Council at the MacMillan Center of Yale University
Deadline: 31/01/2022
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