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European Papers Jean Monnet Network Conference

Public order and public security in EU Law.
A reappraisal

30 June 2023 – Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne University
(12 Place du Panthéon, Paris 5ème - Centre Panthéon, Salle 6 and online via Zoom)

(before 28 June 2023
(pdf version)


Recently, the public order and public security clauses provided for in the Treaty and secondary legislation have been heavily relied upon by the Member States. For the governments, the challenge is both to try and delimit a sphere of competence immune to any European intervention and to define the meaning of public order and public security. Faced with this pressure, the European institutions have reacted in different ways depending on the context and on the areas of EU law.

The Conference organized by the European Papers Jean Monnet Network (EP-JMN) seeks to assess whether the notions of public order and public security, and their legal regime, are evolving. Are their function, definition and articulation changing due to their massive use by the Member States in the wake of the crisis, and under the effect of an increasingly security context? Is there any coherence in the EU’s response to the security needs? Can we observe a change in the legal constraints imposed by EU law, including increased procedural constraints? How can we understand the notion of “European public order”? On the conceptual side, different questions emerge. Can we now have a more precise idea of the meaning of ‘public order’, ‘public security’, ‘internal security’? Is the meaning of those notions progressively changing? Is the articulation between public order and public security evolving overtime? Finally, the challenge is to understand what place and function the EU gives to ‘security’. What is the status given to public order and security in a Union based on the value of Rule of law and what does it tell us of our European society that has been defined on the basis of liberal principles? These are some of the questions that the Paris EP-JMN Conference will address.

The Paris EP-JMN Conference is organized by the Institut de Recherche en Droit International et Européen de la Sorbonne (IREDIES), Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne University, in the framework of the Jean Monnet Network European Papers - A Journal on Law and Integration, and with the support of the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union (Project Reference: 610707-EPP-1-2019-1-ES-EPPJMO-NETWORK).



09:00-12:30 – Session I

Chair: Ramses Wessel (Professor, University of Groningen)

Ségolène Barbou des Places (Professor, Sorbonne Law School)

Article 72 TFEU as seen by the Court of justice of the EU: reminder, exception or derogation?
Hubert de Verdelhan (Référendaire, Court of justice)

The (European) public order exception in Union citizenship law: an increasing role for common EU values in the justification of Union citizen’s restriction of free movement
Clara Muller (PhD researcher, European university Institute of Florence)

Discussion and coffee break

Between parallelism and divergence: the quest for coherence in the CJEU Case law on the meaning of ‘public policy’ and ‘internal security’ on migration
Daniel Thym (Professor, University of Konstanz)

Balancing between public security and fundamental rights: Court of Justice and the European Arrest Warrant at the time of rule of law crisis
Adam Łazowki (Professor, University of Westminster)

14:00-18:00Session II

Chair: Anastasia Iliopoulou-Penot (Professor, Panthéon-Assas University)

Digitalisation in the age of security: an EU law perspective
Xavier Groussot (Professor, Lund University) and Gunnar Thor Petursson (Professor, Reykjavik University)

'The Europeanisation of 'public order': the case of restrictive measures and of foreing direct investments
Sara Poli (Professor, University of Pisa)

Discussion and coffee break

Conceptualising security in EU law: lessons from counter-terrorism
Valsamis Mitsilegas (University of Liverpool)

Some conclusive remarks
Stephen Coutts (Lecturer, University College Cork)


Registration: Please, registrer here before 28 June 2023
Organized byInstitut de Recherche en Droit International et Européen de la Sorbonne (IREDIES), Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne University,  & European Papers Jean Monnet Network (EP-JMN)
Venue: Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne University (France), 12 Place du Panthéon, Paris 5ème - Centre Panthéon, Salle 6 (and online via Zoom)
Programme (pdf version)


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