In an online presentation hosted by the Fundamental Rights Research Colloquium and the European Governance Colloquium on 20 May, Mark Dawson, Professor of European Law and Governance at the Hertie School, discussed how the European Union’s political process affects the level of fundamental rights protection afforded by the EU.
Dawson argued that the EU's legislative process tends to increase the overall standard and level of fundamental rights protection in EU legislation. Thus, the complicated legislative process, which is often seen in EU studies as a disadvantage, has advantages from a fundamental rights point of view. Dawson said that competition between institutions and institutional dynamics provides a plausible explanation for why the EU legislative process increases the level of fundamental rights protection. “Rights-based arguments that are ignored by one set of interests or one institution, are often rectified by another institution in the political process,” explained Dawson.
In his talk, Dawson also explained the methodology supporting his arguments.
Listen to the podcast of the presentation here:
The webinar, “Fundamental rights in EU policymaking: The effects and advantages of institutional diversity", was hosted by the European Governance Colloquium and the Fundamental Rights Research Colloquium. The discussion was moderated by Alexandre Skander Galand, a Postdoctoral Researcher at the Hertie School's Centre for Fundamental Rights.