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“Law and Political Economy” in Europe – EU Law and the Critique of Capitalism Webinar

5:30pm - 7:00pm / Thursday 4th March 2021
Type: Seminar / Category: Research
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This seminar series draws together a range of scholars engaged in critical analysis of EU law. It focuses on critical political economy approaches to the EU, recognising that such inter-disciplinarity is necessary to understand the intersections between law, politics, and economy. The speakers in the series engage with a wide range of critical theory and political economy (Marx, Polanyi, Fraser, Streeck, Brown etc.).

The series takes inspiration from the growth in political economy approaches beyond EU scholarship. From the “turn to political economy” in international law to the growing LPE movement in the USA, such approaches are inspiring a new group of active critical scholars. This seminar series aims to serve as a springboard for a new network of critical and radical scholars seeking to challenge the orthodoxies of EU scholarship.”

Please see the below details for the first participant of the series;

“Law and Political Economy” in Europe – EU Law and the Critique of Capitalism Webinar, Ioannis Kampourakis

Ioannis Kampourakis is a Postdoctoral Researcher at Erasmus School of Law, Erasmus University Rotterdam, working under the theme 'The Rule of Law in the Face of Rising Private Powers'.
Ioannis' areas of research include legal theory, political economy, and EU and international law, with a focus on transnational economic governance. Drawing from the governance and regulation of Global Value Chains, Ioannis attempts to map and analyze the transformations in the form and function of law in contemporary supply chain capitalism.
Prior to joining ESL, Ioannis held postdoctoral positions at the Centre for Socio-Legal Studies, University of Oxford, and at the Edmond J Safra Center for Ethics, Tel Aviv University. He is currently also a Visiting Professor at Tel Aviv University, a Visiting Lecturer at the Riga Graduate School of Law, and a Postdoctoral Associate at the University of Oxford.

This presentation seeks to start a conversation about the possible contribution of a Law and Political Economy research agenda in Europe. I first unpack the role of law in structuring the economy at the supranational level by examining the legacy of ordoliberalism and the Economic Constitution of the EU as the normative project of insulating the internal market from political contestation. I then attempt to map the critical approaches that challenge the depoliticization of the economy and constitute the backdrop for an emerging LPE agenda. In particular, I discuss negative universalism, which focuses on the legal form as a limit to power and as enabling particular causes to make claims in universal terms; instrumentalism, which favours politicizing the law to advance egalitarian agendas; and counter-hegemony, which looks to civil society and to social transformation beyond the state. Concluding with a call for pragmatic and contextual critical practice, I attempt to carve out a space for an LPE in Europe agenda rooted in the normative commitment to democracy and equality as a form of immanent critique, in the aspiration to use institutions for social transformation, and in an orientation towards democratic power-building.