Divided Europe and the Law - Inaugural Lecture

  • Dagmar Schiek (Speaker)

Activity: Talk or presentation typesPublic lecture/debate/seminar


“RECALLING the historic importance of the ending of the division of the European continent and the need to create firm bases for the construction of the future Europe” (Preamble TEU Treaty, current)

“RESOLVED to ensure the economic and social progress of their countries by common action to eliminate the barriers which divide Europe” (Preamble EEC Treaty 1957)

Overcoming the division of Europe has been a recurrent motive of European integration. Yet, in early 2019, Europe seems more divided than ever. Societies across Europe are divided into citizens who uproot and move with ease and those who can only dream to escape their poverty. The EU’s divisions comprise the North/South divide, the chasm between States which only joined from 2004 onwards and established Member States, and the gulf between prosperous and declining regions. The consequences seem dire: the first Member State is posed to leave the Union; some Member States defy the rule of law, and right-wing populist plan their advance to the European Parliament in the May 2019 elections. Analysing the contribution of European Union law to those divisions and its potential to engender a pan-European perspective for overcoming them, the lecture assesses the limits and opportunities of a transnational Community based on law, as well as the potential contribution of law to stability at the EU’s Western borders after “Brexit”.
Period21 Mar 2019
Held atQueen's University Belfast
Degree of RecognitionInternational