An International PhD/Postdoctoral Workshop co-sponsored by the University of Amsterdam (UvA) Jean Monnet Chair in European and Transnational Governance and the Amsterdam Centre for European Law and Governance (ACELG)

To be held at the University of Amsterdam,July 1-5, 2013

This workshop will bring together PhD candidates, postdoctoral researchers, and senior scholars, from the fields of political science, law, sociology, and international relations to discuss key analytical issues and empirical research in progress on European and transnational rulemaking. For the purposes of this workshop, ‘rulemaking’ is defined broadly to encompass governance processes leading to the adoption of norms, rules, or standards intended to guide the conduct and behaviour of others, both formal and informal, organized through private or multi-stakeholder as well as public bodies. In the EU context, a wide variety of entities is involved in rulemaking: European agencies, networks of regulators, comitology committees, open methods of coordination, consultative fora, and operational cooperation among national officials, as well as private and/or hybrid public-private standard-setting and certification schemes. Issues to be considered will include: the organization and effectiveness of different types of rulemaking processes; their relationship to conventional forms of legislative and judicial oversight; the participation in their operation of different types of actors (national/European/transnational; public/private; business/civil society); the relationship between European and transnational rulemaking; and the normative legitimacy of rulemaking processes beyond the nation-state.

The workshop will be organized in two main parts over five days. Each morning, a senior scholar will give a keynote presentation addressing a major issue in the study of European and transnational governance, to be followed by a general discussion. The afternoons will be devoted to presentations of work in progress by PhD candidates and postdoctoral researchers, with discussion led by senior scholars. The workshop will be co-organized by Jonathan Zeitlin, Professor of Public Policy and Governance and Jean Monnet Chair, and Deirdre Curtin, Professor of European Law and Director of ACELG.  In addition to Profs. Zeitlin and Curtin, participating senior scholars will include Gráinne de Búrca (New York University Law School), Joanne Scott (University College London), and Tony Porter (McMaster University, Canada).

Proposals are invited from PhD candidates and postdoctoral researchers interested in participating in this workshop.  The workshop is open to junior scholars within and beyond the EU.  The organizers will provide accommodation and cover up to €300 of travel costs for accepted participants from outside Amsterdam.  Applicants should send a current CV and a 1-2 page project or paper description to the organizers ([email protected]; [email protected]) by January 15, 2013.