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Event: DANCING Academic Conversation with Professors Eliantonio, Korkea-aho and Mӧrth

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Academic Conversation

Online Event

12-2pm (GMT/ Dublin)
Thursday, 20 June 2024

For our fifth DANCING Academic Conversation, we are delighted to welcome Professor Mariolina Eliantonio (University of Maastricht, The Netherlands), Professor Emilia Korkea-aho (University of Eastern Finland, Finland) and Professor Ulrika Mӧrth (Stockholm University, Sweden). They will be joining us to discuss their recent co-edited volume ‘Research Handbook on Soft Law’ published by Edward Elgar in 2023.

The Research Handbook on Soft Law provides an comprehensive and in-depth scholarly overview of the field of soft law, exploring the scope of current thinking in the field as well as proposing future pathways for soft law research. Organized into four broad themes, the Research Handbook offers important and unique insights into the dynamic and complex nature of soft law. First, it delves into the conceptual history and development of soft law. Second, the Handbook explores the disciplinary understandings of soft law, examining how scholars from different fields investigate the topic. The third theme focuses on the public and private actors and institutions involved in soft law-making, providing a detailed analysis of the complex relationships that shape soft law. Finally, the fourth theme explores the role of soft law in addressing major global societal challenges, including among others climate change, gender inequality, and the regulation of artificial intelligence.

Photo of Mariolina Eliantonio, Professor of European and Comparative Administrative Law and Procedure at the University of Maastricht

Mariolina Eliantonio is Professor of European and Comparative Administrative Law and Procedure at the University of Maastricht. Her research is focused on the enforcement of European law before national and EU courts. She does research specifically on the theme of access to court before national and European courts (with a special focus on environmental matters), on the Europeanisation process of national procedural administrative law and on the judicial review of the new modes of governance.

Photo of Emilia Korkea-aho, Professor of European Law and Legislative Studies at the University of Eastern Finland (UEF)

Emilia Korkea-aho is Professor of European Law and Legislative Studies at the University of Eastern Finland (UEF) and Principal Investigator of the Research Council of Finland-funded research project on revolving doors and its regulation (REVOLVE, 2021–2025), and the Kone Foundation research project on political influence and lobbying in Finnish municipal politics (LoSKa, 2023–2026). She is a Visiting Fellow at the Maastricht Centre for European Law. Her research interests relate to law and democracy in the EU and national contexts, with a focus on EU institutional and constitutional law. In recent years, she has written about soft law, lobbying and the revolving door phenomenon, and the national governance of EU structural funds. Methodologically her work is interdisciplinary and socio-legally oriented with an emphasis on qualitative expert interviews.

Photo of Ulrika Mörth, Professor of Political Science at Stockholm University.

Ulrika Mörth is Professor of Political Science at Stockholm University. She is currently the project leader of the Swedish Research Council-funded project ‘Renegotiated civil and military boundaries – Turning government communicators into online agents of cyber warfare’. Her research focuses, amongst others, on soft law, EU governance, public-private collaboration and securitisation. She has been a visiting scholar at several institutions in the USA and Europe and has held various positions within the Department of Political Science at Stockholm University. Presently she is the Chair of the Stockholm Centre for Global Asia.

We warmly invite anyone interested in the topic to attend the event and to join us for an engaging and thought-provoking DANCING Academic Conversation as well as for a discussion of the issues raised in a friendly and collaborative environment. The event takes place online via Microsoft Teams on Thursday, 20 June 2024 at 12-2pm (GMT/ Dublin).

Attendees on Maynooth University campus are invited to join us in person in room 238 Eolas building where light refreshments will be provided.

If you wish to attend, please register by sending an email to: eva.krolla@mu.ie

Attendees will be further informed and receive a link to attend the event online in due course.

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