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Durham University

Institute of Advanced Study

Past Events

IAS Fellow's Seminar - The Gruffalo's EU: real and perceived issues in fundamental rights protection in the EU

3rd March 2014, 13:00 to 14:00, IAS Seminar Room, Cosin's Hall, Palace Green, Professor Eleanor Spaventa (Durham Law School)

The Gruffalo is a popular children's book where a little mouse imagines a monster (for strategic reasons) which then materialises. The debate about EU fundamental rights in the United kingdom bears then much resemblance with these children's books where imagination and reality are intertwined.

The talk will investigate the extent to which EU fundamental rights really represent a monster we need protecting from: it will look at the extent to which those rights apply to national law, and the effect that such an application has on national sovereignty. 

Fellows' seminars take place on Monday lunchtimes in the seminar room at Cosin's Hall.

Places are limited and so any academic colleagues interested in attending a seminar should contact the Institute in advance to reserve a place.

The aim of these seminars is to develop new thinking on the big issues that are of current concern/interest for the Fellows . Each Fellow is asked to present a core idea that informs their current work, or a problem that they are tackling, that could benefit from cross-disciplinary thinking. These seminars are informal and designed to encourage discussion.

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