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Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence Events

The Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence organize in collaboration with the affiliate projects large and diverse collection of events.

May 2012

LSE European Institute -LEQS| Annual Lecture 2012

Monday 28 May 2012
Time: 6.30-8.00pm
Venue: Wolfson Theatre, New Academic Building
Speaker: Prof Colin Crouch
Chair: Dr Jonathan White

"A European asymmetry: Making Markets and Dealing with their externalities"|

Colin Crouch is Professor Emeritus of the Business School of Warwick University. He is also the External Scientific Member of the Max-Planck-Institute for the Study of Societies at Cologne. He previously taught sociology at the LSE, and was fellow and tutor in politics at Trinity College, Oxford, and professor of sociology at the University of Oxford. Until December 2004 he was professor of sociology at the European University Institute, Florence. He is a Fellow of the British Academy and of the Academy of Social Sciences. He is currently leading a European Union research project on the governance of uncertainty and sustainability in labour markets and social policy in European countries. He has published within the fields of comparative European sociology and industrial relations, on economic sociology, and on contemporary issues in British and European politics. His most recent books include: Social Change in Western Europe (1999); Post-Democracy (2004); Capitalist Diversity and Change: Recombinant Governance and Institutional Entrepreneurs (2005); and The Strange Non-death of Neolibealism (2011).

 This is a free and open to the public lecture.

March 2012

Workshop: "Europe's Crisis, Higher Education's Chance: Reframing the integration issue in the Europe of Knowledge"|
Date: Friday 23 March 2012
Venue: LSE European Institute, Cowdray House, room COW1.11

Speakers: Baroness Young, Chair of the House of Lords Inquiry into the EU contribution on the modernisation of higher Education; and Peter van der Hijden of the Commission.

Academic Presenters and Panellists:

Anne Corbett (LSE), Sacha Garben (LSE), Avril Keating (Oxford), Roger King (Bath and LSE), Paola Mattei (Oxford), Susan Robertson (Bristol) and Pedro Texeiro (Porto).

Chair: Baroness Tessa Blackstone

The workshop has had an impressive media impact and was followed up by many sources. To read the various media links, please click here|.

Please also see Dr Sacha Garben’s workshop paper that was published in the LEQS working paper series:

Garben, Sacha. 'The Future of Higher Education in Europe: The Case for a Stronger Base in EU Law|' LEQS Paper No. 50, July 2012

Under the budgetary strain of the economic crisis, many European governments have introduced spending cuts in higher education. As a consequence, universities increasingly have to rely on tuition fees and private sources of funding to sustain themselves. This development fits in with a broader tendency of treating higher education increasingly as an economic resource and commodity, which is fostered by European-level processes such as most notably the Bologna Process and the Lisbon Strategy. Considering the fundamental importance of these issues, touching upon the core of our views on what an equitable and egalitarian society entails, it is imperative that the decisions that are being taken are democratically legitimate and that the policy makers are accountable for the measures they enact. Therefore, it is worrying that many of the most crucial and influential decisions are taken in intergovernmental contexts and implemented by means of soft law - of which the democratic legitimacy is doubtful. The Bologna Process is an intergovernmental policy forum, participation in which is voluntary and whose decisions are non-binding, suffering from all the accountability defects inherent in international policy making - magnified by its soft law character. The Lisbon/Europe 2020 Strategy does take place within the EU's institutional framework, but is an area where the EU's democratic deficit is particularly worrisome. Therefore, as this contribution shall argue, we need to consider a stronger and more democratic basis for these important policies, if we decide to pursue them. That basis is to be found in EU law.

February 2012

"Asessing Europe's Global Power in 2011: The ECFR European Foreign Policy Scorecard"

|LSE European Institute - European Council on Foreign Relations in association with the European Foreign Policy Unit and the Jean Monnet Programme

Tuesday 7th February 2012, 18:30 - 20:00

Venue: Wolfson Theatre, LSE New Academic Building (NAB)


May 2011

Forum For European Philosophy |
Monday 9th May, 6.30-8pm
Level 2 Gallery, Tate Modern, Bankside, London SE1 9TG
Luc Bovens, Professor of Philosophy, Department
of Philosophy, Logic and Scientific Method, LSE
Simon Norfolk, Award winning landscape photographer
'The Ethics of Photojournalism'

LSE European Institute – APCO Worldwide Perspectives on Europe Series|
Thursday, 5th May 2011, 6.30-8pm
Venue: Old Theatre, Old Building
Speaker: Dr Hans-Gert Pöttering
Chair: Dr Sara Hagemann
'Europe: Where is the Passion?'

|Tuesday, 3th May 2011, 6-8 pm, room J116, COW
Bruno De Witte, EUI
"Five Ways to Contest the Authority of EU Law and of the European Court"

Forum for European Philosophy - Public Lectures |
Tuesday, 3th May, 6.30-8pm
Sheikh Zayed Theatre, New Academic Building, LSE
Simon Baron-Cohen, Professor of Developmental
Psychopathology, Fellow, Trinity College and Director of
the Autism Research Centre, University of Cambridge.
'Zero Degrees of Empathy: A New Theory of
Human Cruelty'

Forum for European Philosophy - Public Lectures|
Wednesday, 4th May, 6.30-8pm
Room CLM.D202, Clement House, LSE
Brian Christian, Author and Poet.
'The Most Human Human: A Defence of
Humanity in the Age of the Computer'