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The EU after Brexit:
New Options for Differentiated Integration?

School of Law | University of Salamanca

Call for Papers


Prof. Juan Santos Vara (Jean Monnet Chair in EU External Action, University of Salamanca) and Prof. Ramses A. Wessel (University of Groningen) welcome submissions of papers proposals for the Workshop on "The EU after Brexit: New Options for Differentiated Integration?", that will take place at the Facultad de Derecho, Universidad de Salamanca.

The aim of the Workshop is to assess the implications of Brexit for European integration. While part of the scholarship sees Brexit as a tragedy for the European integration process, others have pointed to possible advantages that would allow for further integration in certain areas. In any case, Brexit seems to have triggered a new debate on the ways in which the EU Member States could proceed, together or in smaller groups. In that sense the current debates reflect the earlier discussions on a geometrie variable or concentric circles. Apart from assessing theoretical, conceptual implications of Brexit for integration scenarios, the Workshop will address different policy areas and highlight options and obstacles to provide input to the Conference on the Future of Europe that will run from 2020-2022. The Conference will be officially launched on the 9 May 2020 - 70 years after the signing of the Schuman Declaration and 75 years after the end of the Second World War.

Papers can be submitted on various topics related to the implications of Brexit for European integration, including: a) Theoretical approaches to European integration and differentiation; b) Integration/differentiation on EU principles and values; c) Integration/differentiation in the internal market; d) Integration/differentiation in CFSP/CSDP; d) Integration/differentiation in the AFSJ; e) Integration/differentiation in environmental/climate policy.

Interested researchers (in every stage of their careers) should submit an English abstract of around 500 words (approximately one page), along with their name, e-mail and affiliation, addressing the Workshop theme at or no later than 30 May 2020.

Papers proposals will be subject to a strict selection, in order to be suitable for being collected in a Special Section and published in a next Issue of European Papers - A Journal on Law and Integration. The selection of the papers will be communicated to the proponents by the end of June 2020.

Confirmed participants are expected to provide complete drafts of their papers of around 8000 words no later than 10 September 2020.

The Workshop is scheduled for 24-25 September 2020, but it could be postponed or go online, according to the recommendations of the Spanish Ministry for Health and development of the health crisis in the rest of Europe.

For further details, see the full Call for Papers.


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