Prof. Armin von Bogdandy – Protecting EU Values: Reverse Solange and the Rule of Law Framework

The Constitutionalism and Politics Working Group has the pleasure to invite you to a talk by:


Prof. Armin von Bogdandy

Director at the Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law in Heidelberg

and Professor for Public Law at the University in Frankfurt/Main.

who will present a paper he co-authored:

Protecting EU Values:

Reverse Solange and the Rule of Law Framework

In this paper, authors discuss the instruments that are currently on the table regarding the enforcement of EU values, exposing their strengths and weaknesses in legal and practical terms. The Commission’s Rule of Law Framework is the most prominent and promising institutional response. In this paper the authors also offer an evaluation of its first use. So far, most of the proposed instruments have been presented in an isolated manner. This is particularly true for the two most discussed instruments, the so called Copenhagen Commission and the Reverse Solange mechanism. This paper presents and normatively assesses the ideas proposed and discusses how to combine the different instruments, which so far have been considered separately. Authors argue that the most apt European response to systemic deficiencies is the Reverse Solange mechanism as well as a complementary political approach. In developing the political mechanism, authors especially focus on the Rule of Law Framework and its recent first activation. Authors propose to supplement it with a “Systemic Deficiency Committee”. This Committee, composed of eminent figures, should monitor the respect of fundamental European values in all Member States. The proposal combines important insights from the proposal of a Copenhagen Commission by Jan-Werner Müller and the Rule of Law Framework already in place.


The event will be chaired by:

Professor Gábor Halmai and EUI researcher Théo Fournier

On Wednesday, November 16th from 15:30 to 18:00

in Seminar Room 2 in Badia

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All members of the EUI are welcome! We hope to see you there!

The Working Group Coordinators,

Theo, Bartosz, Elena and Juha