La constitution matérielle de l’Europe Colloque international – Universitè de Caen Normandie

11-13 october 2017
Europe’s material constitution –  International Symposium organized by Céline Jouin and by the Research center EA 21/29, «Identité et subjectivité».

After the « no » vote in the French and Dutch referendums in 2005, the Lisbon Treaty has been serving as a Constitution for the EU. Today, after the Brexit vote, the formal membership of British citizens to the European Union is at stake. However, the actual European Union exceeds its legal framework. It is characterized by a set of institutionnal shifts which are written or unwritten in the treaties, and by a division of powers, some of which have the remarkable property of being only partially visible or institutionally legitimized. The geometry of the European States includes its relation to other structures (such as NATO or the Eurozone) as well as to other political bodies (independent authorities, lobbies, investment funds, etc.). This symposium aims to define, for Europe, what historians Otto Hintze and Otto Brunner called in the 1930s Verfassung (as opposed to Konstitution) or what the Italian constitutional lawyer Constantino Mortati called “the Constitution in a material sense” (La costituzione in senso materiale, 1940): i.e. not a constitution born of a constituent power, but a concrete order anchored in a territory. How can one define the relationship between actual and legitimate power, between Herrschaft and Macht, within the EU? How can one describe the European spatial order, its border management and territorial inequalities? How can one reflect on the current impasses of the European project? What means are left to democratize Europe? Is it possible to build a quasi-federation to complete the building of a common currency (or to fix the failure of its original constitution) by creating a European sovereignty similar to that of a State, as proposed by Habermas? Or should we think, along with Dieter Grimm (Die Zukunft der Verfassung, 1991), that the process of deformalisation of law and State is too advanced, so that, just as the State shares its power with private actors, the constitution has become a partial system, or a subsystem ? Philosophers, economists, legal experts and political scientists are invited to reflect on these issues. They are invited to investigate the concrete dynamics that characterized the history of public law on the European continent, as Otto Brunner, Otto Hintze or Constantino Mortati did in their time. Contributors are also invited to discuss these economic and legal issues as political issues.

Participants : Agustin José Menendez (Université de León),Laurence Potvin-Solis (juriste, Caen), Sandro Chignola (philosophe, Padoue), Sandro Mezzadra (Bologne), Roberto Esposito (Scuola Normale Superiore de Pise), Olivier Beaud ( Paris 2 Assas), Dominique Rousseau ( Paris 1), Catherine Colliot-Thélène, (Rennes 1), Marie Rota (Caen), Mathilde Unger (Paris 1), Marcus Llanque (Augsburg), Robert Salais (ENS Cachan), Nicolas Levrat (Genève), Valéry Pratt (Lycée d’Annecy), Tristan Storme (Nantes), Céline Jouin.


  1. Agustin José Menendez (juriste, Université de León)

« The Long European Crisis and The Transformation of the Constitution of Power in Europe: From the Social and Democratic Rechtsstaat to the Authoritarian State of Governance »

  1. Robert Salais (économiste, ENS Cachan)

” Les fondements économiques de la constitution de l’Europe”

  1. Giacinto Bisogni (juriste, Rome)

« Le concept de constitution matérielle de Constantino Mortati est-il une clé pour penser l’Europe ? »

  1. Dany Lang (économiste, Université de Paris 13)
  2. Christian Joerges

Professor of Law and Society (Hertie School of Governance, Berlin)

« From Deep Economic Integration to Financial Crisis and Emergency Governance in the EU »

  1. Julien Barroche (politologue)
  2. Dominique Rousseau (juriste, Université Paris 1)

« Le manifeste de Ventotene est-il d’actualité ? »

  1. Catherine Colliot-Thélène, (philosophe, Université de Rennes 1)

« Quelle citoyenneté dans une Europe plurielle ? »

  1. Marie Rota (juriste, Université de Nancy)

« La fonction de la Cour de Justice de l’Union Européenne »

  1. Mathilde Unger (philosophe, Université Paris 1)

« L’idée de constitution économique vue par les théories de la justice »

  1. Xavier Renou (philosophe, Lycée Henri IV, Paris)

« L’Europe, une chance pour les classes populaires ? une chance pour la paix ? »

  1. Valéry Pratt (professeur de philosophie en classe préparatoire au Lycée d’Annecy)

« La question de la souveraineté partagée dans La constitution de l’Europe de Habermas. »

  1. Nicolas Levrat (juriste, Université de Genève)

« La pertinence de la référence à la constitution dans l’Union Européenne »

  1. Tristan Storme (philosophe, Université de Nantes)

« Le cosmopolitisme procédural : un modèle normatif pour l’Europe en construction».

  1. Laurence Potvin-Solis (juriste, Caen)

« Constitution matérielle de l’Union européenne et Droits fondamentaux »

  1. Céline Jouin (philosophe, Université de Caen Normandie)

« La constitution matérielle de l’Europe. Par-delà le pouvoir constituant »

  1. David Cayla (économiste, Université d’Angers)