Book Launch and Panel Discussion on “Foreign Policy Objectives in European Constitutional Law”

On 21 April 2016, The Hague Institute for Global Justice, in collaboration with Leiden University College (LUC) and the Centre for the Law of EU External Relations (CLEER) at the T.M.C. Asser Institute, hosted a book launch and panel discussion for Dr. Joris Larik’s new monograph Foreign Policy Objectives in European Constitutional Law, which was published by Oxford University Press.

The event, which featured academics and practitioners to discuss some of the book’s main themes and findings, took place in the auditorium of Leiden University College The Hague, followed by a drinks reception in the lobby of LUC.

The program of the event was as follows:

  • Introductory Remarks by Kutsal Yesilkagit, Dean of the Faculty of Governance and Global Affairs at Leiden University
  • Presentation by Joris Larik, author of “Foreign Policy Objectives in European Constitutional Law
  • Comment by Tamara Takacs, Academic Programme Coordinator of the Centre of the Law of EU External Relations (CLEER) at the T.M.C. Asser Institute
  • Comment by Roel van der Veen, Academic Advisor and Head of the Global Governance Project at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands
  • Closing remarks and outlook by Abi Williams, President of The Hague Institute for Global Justice
  • Questions and discussion
  • Drinks reception

Joris book coverPresenting the first comprehensive account of foreign policy objectives as a growing part of European constitutional law, the book confronts the trend of enshrining international ambitions in the highest laws of states and the European Union. Closely examining the provisions of foreign policy objectives, it differentiates their legal force and functions, situating them into the overall legal order of the state, the EU, and the composite ‘European constitutional space’. Larik argues that the codification of foreign policy objectives suggests a progression in the evolution of the role of the constitution: from limiting public authority to guiding it towards certain goals, both at home and in the wider world.

Joris Larik is Senior Researcher at The Hague Institute for Global Justice and Assistant Professor of Comparative, EU, and International Law at Leiden University College, which is the international honors college of Leiden University and part of the Faculty of Governance and Global Affairs. Foreign Policy Objectives in European Constitutional Law is based on Larik’s doctoral dissertation, which he defended in June 2013 at the European University Institute in Florence and where it was subsequently awarded the 2014 Mauro Cappelletti Prize for the Best Thesis in Comparative Law. More information about the book can be found on the website of Oxford University Press.

In addition to authoring this book, Dr. Larik is also involved with the work carried out by The Hague Institute on the EU’s current Strategic Review Process. On 8 December 2015, the Institute, in collaboration with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands, welcomed a high-level discussion on the EU’s forthcoming Global Strategy on Foreign and Security Policy. The event featured keynote remarks from the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands, Bert Koenders and the High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Federica Mogherini. The expert consultation produced a report with recommendations regarding the EU’s role in developing the international legal order, promoting effective multilateral institutions and engaging non-state actors when tackling the most pressing global challenges. Learn more

More information about the book launch and panel discussion can be found here.

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