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When the Exception becomes the rule: European Union Societies on the move

  • 4 May 2017
  • 5 May 2017
  • Oñati

This workshop presents an innovative perspective as it calls attention to the perverse effects of the state of exception within the EU and its consequences for all fundamental rights, opening the reflection beyond the traditional placement of the theme of exception concerning of civil and political fundamental rights. In this sense we will also have specialists of different geographic (France, Spain, Portugal, Holland, UK, Italy, etc.) and scientific areas (sociology of law, sociology of labour law, Political sciences, migrations studies and criminology). We are aware that this year there will be a workshop on this topic (“State of exception, Law and Economy: A socio-legal approach to the economic of exception in an era of crisis”, 2-3 June 2016). There is also another workshop the 14-15 april (“The Limits of Criminalization: Precursor Crimes of Terrorism – Towards an Orwellian Society throughout Precursor and Communication Conducts? A Conceptual and Legislative Analysis). Both of them seem to touch our topics. We think, nevertheless that: a) we will have a specific deeper approach on the Law in action analysis, reflecting upon how do laws may change and threaten the daily life of European citizens (and those seeking this destiny to live). B) we will also focus on recent events that are expected to have developments in 2016, such as the changes to the France Constitution concerning the “Emergency State”. In fact, we believe our discussion will be of the utmost importance and originality since France is now about to adopt new restrictive measures on the life of citizens and that will be the departure point of the debate in what concerns the restriction of freedom. At the same time, austerity is still a central topic of debate in the European Society and namely Portugal, Greece and Spain. Austerity is not only a question of social inequality, exclusion and impoverishment, but also the expression of a political and legal model of erosion regarding the fundamental rights and social and normative expectations underlying them. The new normativities of exception promote ontological, political and legal insecurity in different spheres, strengthening the mechanisms of control and penalization of citizens and restraining citizens’ capacity to access their fundamental rights. Finally, we are willing to use this workshop to deepen the knowledge exchange and academic debates promoted in other scientific events and gather the work developed individually in a book or/and a joint European Project. 

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