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The human face of the European Union: Humane enough?

The The human face of the European Union: Humane enough? has issued a call for papers. Papers must be submitted by Friday May 11 2012.

CALL FOR PAPERS Manchester - Conference 20/07/2012 The human face of the European Union: Humane enough? Abstracts by Friday, 11 May 2012. Details below. CALL FOR PAPERS The human face of the European Union: Humane enough? Friday, 20 July 2012, University of Manchester The EU is recurrently criticised for not having been able to distance itself sufficiently from its roots in economic integration. Both academic and popular discourses promote the idea that the EU consistently favours market values over social concerns and human rights. The current economic and monetary crisis and the way EU institutions and leaders have dealt with it, have strengthened this common perception. To what extent these discourses hold some truth in them is, however, contentious. Is the EU truly an organisation that lacks humaneness, in the sense of compassion and sympathy for those affected? In this workshop, this question will be explored by analysing how well the balance between economic/corporate and social/human interests has been struck in different EU policy fields. We invite papers that examine this balance in the development and state-of-affairs of the key EU policy fields that affect people's lives and are object of criticism, including: - Economic regulation - Labour and employment law - Free movement, citizenship, and third-country nationals - Social benefits and social security - Discrimination law and minorities - European private law - Criminal justice - Asylum and refugees - Security and defence - Neighbourhood and external policies Focus should be on exploring the degree of humaneness that EU law reflects and promotes in these fields. Special attention should also be placed on the post-Treaty of Lisbon state-of-affairs, in order to grasp the impact (if any) that the new institutional, law-making and competence arrangements, as well as more recent instruments and initiatives, have had. We welcome in particular papers that deal with the subject matter from a cross-disciplinary and policy-oriented perspective. Confirmed speakers include Professors Dagmar Schiek, Steve Peers, and Aurelia Colombi Ciacchi. It is planned that a selection of contributions will be published, in the form of journal special issue or edited book. Paper abstracts of up to 250 words should be sent to Nuno Ferreira ( by Friday, 11 May 2012. Co-organised by Professor Dora Kostakopoulou (University of Southampton) and Dr Nuno Ferreira (University of Manchester). Co-funded by Manchester Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence ( and UACES - University Association for Contemporary European Studies (

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