Alexander Somek, LAPA Fellow; University of Iowa

From Emancipation to Empowerment: The European Union and the Individual

Mon, 10/22/2012
4:30-6 PM, Kerstetter Room, Marx Hall
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Please join us for a LAPA Seminar with Alexander Somek, 2012-2013 LAPA Fellow and the Charles E. Floete Chair in Law at the University of Iowa College of Law.  His commentator is Ellen Kennedy, Professor of Political Science at the University of Pennsylvania.

As always, the LAPA format asks that seminar participants familiarize themselves with the paper in advance. The commentator will open the session by summarizing the main themes in the paper and presenting some topics for discussion. The author then has the right of first response before we open to the floor for questions. The seminar will end with a brief reception in the Kerstetter Room, giving everyone a chance to mingle and meet.

Alexander Somek holds the Charles E. Floete Chair in Law at the University of Iowa College of Law, where he became a Professor of Law in 2003. Before moving to the United States, he was an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Law of the University of Vienna. His work has focused mostly on historical transformations of the authority of law and how these are reflected in legal scholarship.  Professor Somek is the author of a number of books and numerous articles on European Union law, comparative law, public international law and jurisprudence.  His book Individualism (2008) examines constituent power, while his most recent book, Engineering Equality: An Essay on European Anti-Discrimination Law (2011), explores the transformation of solidarity in the European Union. Professor Somek earned "habilitations" in both Legal Philosophy (1992) and Public Law (2001) at the University of Vienna.

Ellen Kennedy is Professor of Political Science at the University of Pennsylvania. She writes on a variety of subjects in political economy and the history of modern European political and legal theory. Her main areas of interest include political theory, jurisprudence and legal theory, comparative government, and Western Europe – Germany's political and economic system in particular. She is the author of Constitutional Failure: Carl Schmitt in Weimar (Duke University Press, 2004), The Bundesbank, from the series "Key Institutions of German Democracy" (Johns Hopkins University Press, 1997), The Bundesbank: Germany's Central Bank in the International System (Council on Foreign Affairs, 1991), and Freedom & the Open Society: Henri Bergson's Contribution to Political Philosophy (Garland, 1987). She has also co-edited the volume Women in Western Political Philosophy (Harvester, 1986). Prior to joining the faculty of the University of Pennsylvania in 1989, Kennedy was a lecturer in politics and government in England, at the universities of London, York, and Manchester. Kennedy has been a  research fellow of the  Alexander von Humboldt Foundation and the Friedreich Ebert Foundation as well as the British Academy and the Nuffield Fondation.