The Chorley Lecture is an annual lecture inaugurated in 1972 and named in honour of Lord Chorley of Kendal, the founding editor of The Modern Law Review. The Lecture, which is normally delivered in late May or early June at the London School of Economics & Political Science, is the most important occasion in the calendar of The Modern Law Review. A version of the lecture is subsequently published as the lead article in the January issue of the following year’s Review.
2013 Chorley Lecture
The Challenge of Executive Democracy in Europe
Professor Deirdre Curtin,
Professor of European Law of the University of Amsterdam
The recent response of supranational and national executives to challenges such as global security threats and the Eurocrisis prompts a fresh look at fundamental issues of (representative) democracy in Europe. First, the compound nature of the European Union continues to link supranational democracy closely with the functioning of national democracies. Second, the democratic challenge is accentuated by the acceleration of power exercised by the supranational executive including the (new) tasks of a growing array of institutions, agencies and other executive actors. Finally, secrecy and fragmentation of powers and responsibilities hinders public debate and democratic accountability. All of this may be indicative of an unbound executive beyond the reach of supranational and national democracy.
Date: Tuesday 4th June 2013
Time: 6pm - 7pm
Venue: Shaw Library, Old Building, London School of Economics and Political Science
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