European Solidarity and its Limits

Esin Kucuk
Clemens Rieder

European solidarity, in particular during the Eurozone and refugee crisis, has become one of the most debated issues in European politics. At the core of the debate lies the question where the boundaries of European solidarity are. This is not only a question that is deeply rooted in politics, but which has also a legal dimension. The Court of Justice of the European Union has repeatedly faced questions concerning the legality of newly adopted solidarity instruments. For example, the legality of several mechanisms adopted in order to mitigate the Eurozone crisis was called into question in Pringle (Case C-370/12) and Gauweiler (Case C-62/14).The Court seems to be reluctant to express any views on the legal relevance of solidarity, which raises questions about its capacity as a legal concept. Recently, the Union has adopted a solidarity scheme for the relocation of asylum seekers among the Member States (Decision 2015/1601).

Given the strong resistance to the adoption of the scheme shown by certain Member States, it is not difficult to guess that further challenges to solidarity measures will come before the Court. This session seeks address the relevance and limits of solidarity as a legal concept, both in light of the refugee and Eurozone crises and more generally with regard to the position of solidarity within the European legal order.

Abstracts may only be submitted via the Easy Chair Platform. They must be no longer than 300 words and should include your title, name and institutional affiliation and your email address for correspondence.

The deadline for submissions is Monday 18th January 2016.