🔀 European administrative law dialogues

The role of comparative administrative law in shaping European administrative law

It has been noted that comparative administrative law was experiencing a recent renaissance. There is a practical or intellectual curiosity for other administrative systems and solutions, for understanding them, learning from them, coordinating them and/or transcending their differences, subsuming them into a new entity – sometimes European, sometimes global, sometimes transnational. So what do comparative and European administrative lawyers expect? What are their objectives and how do they think that they might be able to achieve them?

This online discussion seeks to set the scene for further discussions about the intellectual, conceptual, social, legal and practical interactions between comparative administrative law in Europe on the one hand and European administrative law on the other hand. These discussions are strongly anchored in practical topical issues arising from the interplays and interactions between the national and the European administrative systems. These discussions start from a broadly positivist outlook, convinced that administrative law plays a distinctive function in allocating scarce resources in society and in ensuring a level of protection against arbitrary limitations brought to individuals’ rights and freedoms. However, they also seek to benefit from non-positivist insights, coming from legal theory, socio-legal research, and/or other relevant interdisciplinary contributions.

Programme, 3rd March 2023

2:00 – 2:05 PMOpening by Professor Mariolina Eliantonio (University of Maastricht)
2:05 – 2:50 PMThe academic perspective

Professor Joana Mendes (University of Luxembourg)

Dr Filipe Brito Bastos (University of Nova Lisbon) 
 Q&A – Discussions  
2:50 – 3:35 PMThe practical perspective

Tanja Enhert (European Ombudsman, Inquiries Coordinator)  
Sacha Prechal (European Court of Justice)  
  Q&A – Discussions 
3:35  -3:40 PMConclusions by Professor Mariolina Eliantonio (University of Maastricht)