INTRODUCTION

The Jean Monnet Chair on the Transformative European Union Law Power (TEULP) (Project: 101047458 — TEULP — ERASMUS-JMO-2021-HEI-TCH-RSCH) aims at promoting the study of EU Law among students, academics and practitioners by underlining, and explaining, the significant impact that this legal order holds in the domestic legal systems of the EU Member States and beyond the EU’s territory, affecting directly the daily lives of millions of individuals worldwide.

TEULP will analyse how and under what conditions EU Law functions as a catalyst for the transformation of legal systems, both internally and externally. To this extent, TEULP will organise a wide range of activities such as official courses, lectures, public events, interviews, participation in EU Law moot courts, research projects and research supervision, to examine how EU Law has set in motion a transformative process capable of strengthening European integration and promoting change in legal systems ad intra and ad extra of the Union.

In particular, TEULP will carry out many academic activities, including 3 official Bachelor courses, 3 additional courses for a wider audience, 3 clinical workshops, 3 conferences, 2 research projects, 2 special issues in open access specialized journals and 1 edited monograph. These activities will generate knowledge on significant EU Law matters and foster dialogue between the academic world and society, including local and state level policy-makers, civil servants, civil society actors and the media.

TEULP will hold a remarkable impact on academics and students (over 400 students will benefit each year from the planned courses and other project activities) by, inter alia, improving the official Law Degree curriculum through broadening the study of EU Law, including through teaching in English. It will also influence society at large and, potentially, EU policy-making by focusing on momentous EU Law topics concerning the impact of the EU legal system on other legal orders. To this extent, key actors such as the Spanish Association for the Study of European Law (AEDEUR) or the Murcia Regional High Court have given their institutional support to the project.

BACKGROUND

The project stems from the conviction that students, professors and practitioners are often not sufficiently aware of the practical relevance and significant potential of European Union law, and of the transformative power of this legal order. TEULP will generate knowledge and teaching on EU Law to better understand the internal and external impact of this legal system.

The transformative power of EU Law, the kernel of this project, was first identified by Judge Lecourt in 1964 (Le rôle du droit dans l’unification européenne, 1964). It has been possible through the famous doctrines of primacy, direct effect, effectiveness, State liability and effective judicial protection, laid down by the Court of Justice of the EU (Alter, 2003), which TEULP will analyse in detail. More recently, the transformative capacity of EU Law has acquired a global dimension, and TEULP will explain which factors and agents are contributing to the territorial extension of EU Law (Scott, 2014 & 2019) and to its worldwide impact (Bradford, 2020), profiting in this regard also from the experience of the Chair holder as consultant on EU Law matters for several countries and the World Bank outside of the EU.

This process of “integration through law” (Capelletti, 1986) has been crucially supported by the work of “legal entrepreneurs” (lawyers, civil servants…) that have resorted to EU Law before national courts (Vauchez, 2015), and also by “judicial entrepreneurs” (Mayoral & Torres, 2018) that have challenged national laws -and judicial hierarchies- via preliminary rulings to protect rights conferred by EU Law. TEULP will explain to students and stakeholders (professors, judges, lawyers, civil servants…) these dynamics from a practical point of view, underlying that EU law is a “living instrument” that can be employed as a catalyst for change, as it was used particularly in countries like Spain during the financial crisis (Burgers, Van duin, & Mak, 2020) to address major societal challenges.

In a nutshell, the objective of TEULP is to study the reasons and conditions under which EU Law transforms legal systems both inside and outside the EU’s territory, and the implications of this phenomenon for individuals and stakeholders worldwide. TEULP’s ultimate goal is to promote the use and observance of EU Law by academics and professionals so that they can unleash its full potential, and benefit from it.

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Meet the TEULP team!

In addition to the Chair holder, a gender-equal team of senior, junior and international scholars will carry out the activities proposed in the project.

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