Posted on 11 February 2014
York Law School Lecturer, Dr Kathryn Wright, has been awarded a Visiting Fellowship at the European University Institute, Department of Law, for 6 weeks from April to June. The European University Institute (EUI) is "a unique international centre for doctorate and post-doctorate studies and research, situated in the Tuscan hills overlooking Florence. Since its establishment 40 years ago by the six founding members of the then European Communities, the EUI has earned a reputation as a leading international academic institution with a European focus". Further information can be found at http://www.eui.eu/DepartmentsAndCentres/Law/Index.aspx
This fellowship will follow on from Kathryn's invitation to join iCourts, the Centre of Excellence for International Courts at the University of Copenhagen, as a visiting fellow for a month in March 2014.
At Copenhagen and EUI, Kathryn will be working on her ongoing project on the relationship between the European Commission, regulatory networks and EU Member State courts. Empirically, the project investigates the impact on national judges of the European Commission's interpretative communications. Its theoretical contribution will be to try to reconcile the Eurolegalism thesis with the new governance literature. One feature of new governance is "soft law" interpretations issued by regulatory agencies, apparently sidelining traditional roles of courts. In the EU context, these regulatory agencies are linked in networks, forming an integrated multilevel administration. Conversely, Eurolegalism (Kelemen) claims that the process of EU integration encourages an increasingly judicialised approach to regulation and rests on the assumption of a fragmented, rather than integrated, administration. The project will explore the role of the European Commission as the connecting point in these contrasting perspectives.