Book Launch: 'The Politics of Legal Expertise in EU Policy-Making' by Päivi Leino-Sandberg on 22 November

28.9.2021
Welcome to the book launch of 'The Politics of Legal Expertise in EU Policy-Making' by Päivi Leino-Sandberg (CUP) on 22 November 2021 at 4-6 p.m. (UTC +2) via zoom.

Programme

Opening words by Martti Koskenniemi, Emeritus Professor of International Law at the University of Helsinki and Director of the Erik Castrén Institute of International Law and Human Rights

Discussants

Gráinne de Búrca, Florence Ellinwood Allen Professor of Law at NUY School of Law and Director of the Jean Monnet Center for International and Regional Economic Law & Justice

Urška Šadl, Professor of Law at the European University Institute and Global Research Fellow at iCourts, the Danish National Research Foundation’s Center of Excellence for International Courts

Emilia Korkea-aho, Associate Professor in European Law and Legislative Studies at the University of Eastern Finland and Academy of Finland Research Fellow

Comments by Päivi Leino-Sandberg, Professor of Transnational European Law at the University of Helsinki, and Deputy Director of the Erik Castrén Institute of International Law and Human Rights

To attend the launch, please register via the e-form the latest by 19 November 2021 (6 pm - UTC+2).
The zoom link will be sent the latest on 19 November.

Book de­scrip­tion

Legal advisers working in the institutions of the European Union exercise significant power, but very little is known about their work. Notwithstanding the handful of cases where legal matters find their way into the news, legal advice remains invisible in EU policy making. For more than ten years Päivi Leino-Sandberg was a part of the invisible community of EU legal advisers, and participated in the exercise of their power. In this book, she shares her insights about how law and lawyers work in the EU institutions, and what their role and impact is on EU decisions from within the decision-making structure. She draws on interviews with over sixty EU lawyers and policymakers: legal experts who interpret the Treaties within the Institutions, draft legislation and defend the Institutions before the EU Court. Telling the true stories behind key negotiations, this book explores the interplay and tensions between legal requirements and political ambitions.

'The Politics of Legal Expertise in EU Policy-Making' is now available for purchase in hardcopy and electronic form on the CUP website.

About the Author

Päivi Leino-Sandberg is Professor of Transnational European Law at the University of Helsinki, and the Director of its Master's Programme in Global Governance Law. She is Deputy Director of the Erik Castrén Institute of International Law and Human Rights where she leads several research projects on the use of legal expertise in EU law-making, transparency and participation (TrUE, SepaRope, Indigo, RECONNECT and 2035LEGITIMACY). The book builds on research conducted as part of the project 'The Necessary Evil - On Law, Power and Institutional Politics in the European Union'. Leino-Sandberg specializes in EU institutional and constitutional law, and has published in the areas of European administrative law, Economic and Monetary Union and EU external relations.