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Stimulating Business in a Europe in Crisis

Aristotle University of Thessaloniki

Thessaloniki, GR

June 2, 2015 – June 3, 2015

Conference Concept

In a world reeling from one financial crisis to the next, the aim of the conference is to build awareness around the topical issue of how to stimulate business and better facilitate the sustainable operation and growth of companies in the current EU political and socio-economic climate. The conference specifically aims to develop a new line of academic thought in scholarship in the disciplines of social sciences and law, specifically in the disciplines of law, politics, economics, international and EU relations by moving away from traditional corporate governance discussions focusing on the relationship between shareholders and companies towards a wider range of topical discussions which focus on the relationship between companies and the societies in which they operate.

Discussions on Greece’s ongoing social depression and slow economic recovery have resurfaced with the latest election of Greece’s left-wing party Syriza. Political discussions and political preferences aside, the case of Greece deserves attention from a pragmatic point of view. The case of Greece illustrates a series of deficiencies and failures of the European Union. The EU Treaty after Lisbon emphasises the overarching objectives of sustainable development and a highly competitive social market economy, aiming at full employment and social progress. We are now however witnessing a different Union from the one envisaged by its founders, with unemployment amongst especially young people in the Southern European countries over 50 per cent, businesses closing down or moving overseas, gender inequality, xenophobia, social unrest, human rights violations, global warming and pressure on other planetary boundaries. Business has a crucial role to play in solving these issues and in this current socio-political-economic climate how to stimulate business is a pervasive question. How to stimulate business in an EU in crisis provides the broader setting for reflecting on current European trends for regulating and managing corporations, and the significance this has for corporations’ legal status and their operations, as well as for corporations’ behaviour towards society and the world.

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Doctoral Colloquium “EU in a Crossroads: Challenges and Perspectives”

University of Macedonia, Conference Hall
Egnatia 156, first floor
Thessaloniki, Greece

May 8, 2015 – May 9, 2015

We are happy to announce that the Jean Monnet Chair of the Department of International and European Studies of the University of Macedonia for “New Dimensions in European Legal Studies” and the Jean Monnet Chair of the Law School of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki for “European Constitutional Law and Culture”, with the support of the Lifelong Learning Programme 2007-2013 of the European Commission, organize a forum of discussion on the state of affairs and the vital issues of the European integration process.

In this forum, PhD researchers in European legal studies, who have already started their research at least one year ago, can present their PhD projects and discuss their research questions and methodologies with each other and with a panel of experienced researchers and practitioners. Young researchers who have finished their PhD no more than 2 years ago are also welcome. The event will especially seek to explore new and multidimensional prospects of the European integration and provide possible insight or solutions on cutting-edge research questions and controversies in EU Law.

Advisory Scientific Board:

  • Despina Anagnostopoulou, Assistant Professor, University of Macedonia
  • Damian Chalmers, Professor, Law School, London School of Economics
  • Miquel Gardeñes, Professor, Law School, Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona
  • Iosif Ktenidis, Associate Professor, Law School, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki
  • Ioannis Papadopoulos, Assistant Professor, University of Macedonia
  • Lina Papadopoulou, Associate Professor, Law School, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki

Keynote speakers:

  • Damian Chalmers, Professor at London School of Economics
  • Miquel Gardeñes Santiago, Professor at Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Visiting Professor at the College of Europe, Natolin campus (Warsow)
  • Yulia Mokshina Sushkova, Dean of the Law Department, Ogarev Mordovia State University

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April 12, 2014 – April 13, 2014

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