The research project presented in this proposal aims at a historical and sociological analysis of the genesis and genealogy of a political and juridical Utopia in the Twentieth Century: a Constitution for Europe.
The proposal presented in conjunction with the Centre Universitaire de Recherches Administratives etPolitiques de Picardie (CURAPP) is comprised of a two level research programme:
- A team project on the historical genealogy of the European Constitution, coordinated with Dr Antoine Vauchez (CNRS) and aiming at the publication of a comprehensive collection of European Constitutions drafted in the Twentieth Century;
- An individual project on the social and political genesis of the European Constitution recently submitted by the European Convention to the Inter-Governmental Conference.
In particular, this research programme will focus on social changes in the structure of legal professions in Europe and their effect on the jurisprudence of the European Court of Justice regarding the constitutionalization of the treaties, on the crisis of legitimacy in the European Union during the nineties and the relations between European institutions and legal experts to resolve it, and finally on the political networks that helped to promote the idea of a European Constitution on the agenda of institutional reform.
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