#10 European Union Law

Many supranational organisations exist, be it the African Union, the Eurasian Economic Union, or the Association of Caribbean States. In this episode we will focus on just one of them: the European Union. Political parties all over its territory preach euroscepticism, which even resulted in the United Kingdom voting to leave: the infamous Brexit. But what is the European Union, its law, and how did it develop in the first place?

In this tenth episode of Maastricht Law Talk, Andrea Ott introduces us to the world of European Union Law. Andrea is professor of European Union External Relations Law at Maastricht University and member of CLEER. Before starting her current position, she held both assistant and associate professorships of EU Institutional Law. She also taught several courses on External Relations Law and European Union Law in general, both on a Master’s and Bachelor’s level.

Before you start listening, check out our episodes on What is Law?, ConstitutionsBrexit(EU) Citizenship, and International Law. If you have listened to them already, even better!

Andrea and I talk about

  • why the EU provides peace and prosperity,
  • what coal and steel has to do with anything,
  • how the EU is organised and how it developed,
  • regulations, directives, treaties, and decisions,
  • the four freedoms (goods, workers, services, and capital)
  • who makes the laws that the press always talks about,
  • why Brexit is not that surprising,
  • and much more.

If you liked this episode, subscribe here to the podcast. More information on EuroMUN can be found right here.

avatar Benedikt Schmitz
Podcaster
Amazon Wishlist Icon Auphonic Credits Icon Paypal.me Icon
avatar Andrea Ott
Professor

Click here for legal information.

#9 International Law

The United Nations comprises 193 states, all of which have legal relations with each other. But how are these relationships governed? International law is there to help: It organises, furthers, and reforms these relationships. Who defines what a state is and why is Palestine, among others, not always recognised as one?

This 9th episode of Maastricht Law Talk features Marcel Brus. He is a professor of Public International Law at the University of Groningen. He not only coordinates several study programmes (two LLMs and one LLB), but also chairs the Department of Transboundary Legal Studies in Groningen. Additionally, he holds the position of Director of Studies at the prestigious International Law Association (Click here.)

As always: If you haven’t listened to our first episode yet, you should consider doing so first: What is Law. It definitely helps understanding certain terms and concepts.

Marcel and I discuss

  • the historical development of international law,
  • how it can be enforced,
  • what the requirements of statehood are,
  • why we should talk about participants and not of subjects,
  • the position of the ICJ and other international courts/tribunals,
  • what sources international law has,
  • how humanitarian interventions work,
  • the power of the UN’s General Assembly and Security Council, as well as
  • much more.

If you liked this episode, subscribe here to the podcast.

avatar Benedikt Schmitz
Podcaster
Amazon Wishlist Icon Auphonic Credits Icon Paypal.me Icon
avatar Marcel Brus
Full Professor

Click here for legal information.

#8 (EU) Citizenship

We don’t think much about it, but most of us have one: A citizenship. We are being born as Indian, Dutch, Bulgarian, Chinese, or some other nationality. But why do we have citizenships and what rights do they bring with them?

Our first guest in 2018 is Dimitry Kochenov. Dimitry holds a professorship in EU Constitutional Law at the University of Groningen and recently published his new book “EU Citizenship and Federalism: The Role of Rights” (Cambridge, 2017). He also consults national governments and acts as an expert for leading law firms. His biggest project, made possible through support by Henley & Partners, is the Quality of Nationality Index.

This episode is mostly standing on its own. If you haven’t listened to our other episodes yet, consider listening to our first: What is Law. We might refer to certain concepts of European Union law which we haven’t yet covered in this podcast. But don’t worry: You will understand the content anyways.

Dimitry and I talk about

  • what it means to be a citizen,
  • why citizenships exist and how to gain them,
  • what rights you get by holding one,
  • how racism and sexism play a role in nationality law,
  • why the European Union created its own,
  • bus travel and how it connects to everything,
  • what Dimitry and his fellow scholars think should happen to improve citizenship law in the EU but also in national systems, and
  • much more.

If you liked this episode, subscribe here to the podcast.

avatar Benedikt Schmitz
Podcaster
Amazon Wishlist Icon Auphonic Credits Icon Paypal.me Icon
avatar Dimitry Kochenov
Professor

Click here for legal information.

#5 United States Law

European lawyers tend to have a hard time with United States Law at first. Too different are “both” systems, it seems. But is the Anglo-American legal order really that different?

The fifth main episode of Maastricht Law Talk leaves the European continent for a while: It covers the United States legal system. From a federal judge being able to block the president’s executive orders to the harmonisation process of law.

Larry Catá Backer is Professor of Law and International Affairs at Penn State University. He is an expert on corporate, enterprise, and constitutional law and is currently working on his new book on an “Introduction to U.S. Law”. You can find his work and latest research on his website Backer in Law or on his blog Law at the End of the Day.

If you haven’t yet listened to our episode on constitutions, you might want to do that first. Click here to listen to the episode.

Larry and I talk about

  • the federal structure,
  • common law as a concept,
  • “codification”,
  • harmonisation of law,
  • the appointment and election of judges,
  • popular democracy and democratic deficits,
  • the U.S. Supreme Court,
  • federal and state powers,
  • the presidential election,
  • gerrymandering,
  • executive orders,
  • judicial review, and
  • much more.

If you liked this episode, subscribe here to the podcast.

avatar Benedikt Schmitz
Podcaster
Amazon Wishlist Icon Auphonic Credits Icon Paypal.me Icon
avatar Larry Catá Backer
Professor of Law

Click here for legal information.

#2 State-Caused Harm

Punishing people for breaking the law seems self-evident to most. But why do we punish? Why is the state allowed to inflict harm on others?

This month’s episode of Maastricht Law Talk deals with the theories and philosophies behind criminal law. It features everything from the emergence of criminal law through tribal law, to the development of common modern ideas during the Enlightenment, and the current state of criminal law and criminal procedure as influenced by recent events creating new policing policies.

Jeroen ten Voorde is Associate Professor of Criminal Law and Criminal Procedure at Leiden University and Professor of Philosophy of Criminal Law at the University College Groningen. He is also a judge substitute at the North-Holland court and an advisor to the Dutch Ministry of Justice on honour-related crimes.

Jeroen and I discuss

  • what State-Caused Harm is,
  • how criminal law came along,
  • the influence of the Enlightenment,
  • what makes certain behaviour a criminal offence,
  • why we punish others,
  • the very important principle of legality, and
  • different theories of criminal procedure.

If you liked this episode, subscribe here to the podcast.

avatar Benedikt Schmitz
Host
Amazon Wishlist Icon Auphonic Credits Icon Paypal.me Icon
avatar Jeroen ten Voorde
Associate Professor

Click here for legal information.