Research project

Judges as policymakers? Law under the Lisbon Strategy 2020

While the focus of public discussion in Europe in recent years has been on financial stability, attention has recently shifted to economic growth and competitiveness as a key solution to the crisis. These goals are a central part of the EU's overarching Lisbon Strategy, a policy blueprint to be achieved by 2020. Little attention, however, has been paid to the role of law and courts in achieving the strategy's goals. The project Judges as policymakers? Law under the Lisbon Strategy 2020 addresses this deficit by examining the role of EU Courts in relation to the Lisbon strategy in key policy fields.

Aims and responsibilities

The project aims to conduct case studies in 3 core areas of EU policy and to interview judicial and non-judicial actors in order to examine both the existing role of EU law in implementing the strategy and the potential interaction between law and the Lisbon Strategy in the future. It is also responsible for creating recommendations for how the interaction between courts and policymakers should be structured. 

Funder

The project is sponsored by the Marie-Curie Programme of the European Union.

Project lead

  • Mark Dawson, Professor of European Law and Governance