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Inaugural Lecture: Laurent Pech

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START DATE 11 June 2014
START TIME 12:00am

C211, College Building, Hendon campus

END DATE 11 June 2014
END TIME 12:00am

Laurent Pech, Professor and Head of the Department of Law, delivers his inaugural lecture.

Laurent Pech, Professor and Head of the Department of Law, delivers his inaugural lecture: The European Union as a Community of Values

Event Schedule

5pm–5.30pm - Reception drinks, Second Floor Mezzanine, College Building.

5:30pm-6:30pm - Lecture Room C211, College Building.

6:30pm - 7:30pm - Buffet and drinks


The EU is said to be founded on a number of fundamental values that are together regarded as undergirding the EU polity, and which the EU has committed itself to upholding within and beyond its borders. This lecture will explore what these values are and reflect on their meaning and functions in the EU’s legal framework. The diverse policies and mechanisms, which aim to safeguard and promote EU values, will also be considered.

Two main points will be argued throughout the lecture. It will first be submitted that membership of the EU, and indeed the mere prospect of joining it, has played a crucial role in the consolidation of democracy, respect for human rights and the rule of law both within and beyond the EU. It will then be shown that a major revision of how the EU promotes adherence to its foundational values, in particular as regards to its own Member States, is however warranted. This lecture will conclude with an overview of recent changes and potential reforms that could help the EU becoming a more consistent and effective ‘promoter of values’ both internally and externally.


Dr. Laurent Pech is Professor of European Law and Head of the Law Department at Middlesex University London. A graduate of Aix-Marseille University, Laurent worked in France, Canada, the US and Ireland during the course of his academic career. He has also served as a legal consultant in several post-conflict and EU candidate countries on behalf of the Council of Europe and in the context of EU-funded assistance programmes.

Professor Pech specialises in EU Public Law and is the author of two books and more than sixty scholarly publications, on such subjects as the EU’s institutional architecture, the rule of law in Europe and the scope of application of European human rights standards. His scholarship has been cited by national and European courts and bodies. In 2011, Professor Pech was awarded a European scholarship prize for outstanding research on the EU’s Lisbon Treaty and in the same year he was also awarded a certificate in recognition of excellence in lecturing by the Undergraduate Awards of Ireland and Northern Ireland.

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