Academic Year 2009-2010
Gráinne de Búrca
Gráinne de Búrca is Professor of Law at Fordham Law School since 2006. Prior to that she was Professor of EU Law at the European University Institute from 1998-2005 and lecturer in law at Oxford University from 1990-1998. Her field of expertise is broadly in EU law, with particular focus on constitutional issues of European integration, European human rights law and transnational governance. She is co-editor of the OUP book series Oxford Studies in European Law, and co-author of the textbook EU Law, which is currently in its fourth edition. More about Gráinne de Búrca
The Evolution of the EU as an International Actor
Gráinne de Búrca’s research while at the Straus Institute will explore the ways in which the European project of integration-through-law has changed over time and will examine the distinctive model of transnational governance which the European Union has developed. While the growth of ‘new’ and softer forms of governance in recent years has been notable, the central place of law and the key role of the European Court of Justice has not significantly diminished. It has, however, changed in important ways. The research will examine how the external dimension of EU governance has intensified over the last two decades, as the EU’s interest in playing a more significant global role has grown. The ambiguous identity of the EU as an international actor, the place of law and the relationship between political and judicial activity in shaping different aspects of this identity will be examined.