Jean Monnet Lecture on European Union Law: European Crisis?
This lecture will center on the economic and political problems that currently face the European Union (EU). It will also examine a possible scenario for recovery. On the economic front, EU countries are faced with high indebtedness, high unemployment, and low growth. Politically, Eurozone countries are committed to closer economic union, while the present UK government is seeking a renegotiation of its treaty ties with the EU--with the possibility that it might exit if these are unsuccessful. The current efforts to save the euro and stabilize the EU economy may work. A multispeed EU already exists for monetary affairs and movement of people, as well as under “enhanced cooperation” in matters such as the EU patent and the transaction tax. Further loosening of EU requirements may resolve the political difficulties.
Visiting Professor Richard Wainwright is a graduate of Trinity College, Oxford, and the Inns of Court School of Law in London, England. He is a former director and head of competition policy in the European Commission’s Legal Service and spent more than 30 years with the commission serving, among other things, on the staff of Transport Commissioner Clinton Davis and as director for internal market issues in the Legal Service. He drafted legislation in diverse fields such as free movement of goods, public procurement, telecommunications, pharmaceuticals, and the environment. He represented the European Commission in more than 200 cases before the European Court of Justice, including the commission’s celebrated Microsoft cases, before retiring in July 2005. Wainwright joined Finsbury International Policy & Regulatory Advisers (FIPRA) International in 2008 as a special advisor.
This program has been approved by the Pennsylvania Continuing Legal Education (CLE) Board for one (1) hour of substantive credit. Cost for processing CLE credit is $25 per person, payable in advance or upon entering the program.