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Unification Through Law: The Court of Justice of the European Union as Cultural-Moral Agent

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Project "UNITE" data sheet

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postcode: 1165

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 Coordinator Country Denmark [DK]
 Total cost 207˙312 €
 EC max contribution 207˙312 € (100%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU.1.3.2. (Nurturing excellence by means of cross-border and cross-sector mobility)
 Code Call H2020-MSCA-IF-2018
 Funding Scheme MSCA-IF-EF-ST
 Starting year 2019
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2019-10-01   to  2021-09-30


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# participants  country  role  EC contrib. [€] 
1    KOBENHAVNS UNIVERSITET DK (KOBENHAVN) coordinator 207˙312.00


 Project objective

The Court of Justice of the European Union (‘CJEU’) has strongly contributed to the European Union (’EU’) as we know it today, through enlarging the competence base of the EU through its case-law. However, the current challenges that the EU polity faces, ranging from consecutive waves of enlargement, financial bail-outs, and waves of immigration, suggests that the EU may not need integration anymore, but unification. It may require an EU citizenry that is united in solidarity and willing to organize itself collectively, through forms of self-government. In the existing EU constitutional scholarship, judges are assumed to be able contribute to a unified citizenry by two major means. One the one side of the debate stand those conceptualization courts as ‘legal-interpretative’ agents that can strengthen forms of self-government if they interpret the law on the basis of distinct hermeneutical theories of legal interpretation representing the will of the citizens. On the other side of debate stand those conceptualization courts as ‘political-constitutional’ agents that can speak with the voice of the citizenry if they fulfill certain institutional conditions that allow citizens to participate in court decision. UNITE aims to explore new means through which the CJEU could, through its case-law, contribute to the unification of the EU citizenry and flourishing forms of EU self-government through conceptualization it as ‘cultural-moral’ agent. More specifically, UNITE is grounded in the assumption that the judicial opinion is a cultural artifact, which can, through the cultural narrative it is grounded on, give expression to and alter how citizens think about themselves and the community they inhabit. The project aims to reveal the shape and form of such cultural narratives through suggesting the use of political philosophy as analytical tool.

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