Päivi Leino-Sandberg LL.D., LL.M. is Professor of Transnational European Law, University of Helsinki and Director of its Master’s Programme in Global Governance Law. She will be speaking about her new book, ‘The Politics of Legal Expertise in EU Policy-Making’, due to be published later this year.
Professor Leino-Sandberg is Deputy Director of the Erik Castrén Institute of International Law and Human Rights where she currently leads or acts as PI for five international research projects (TrUE, SepaRope, Indigo, RECONNECT and 2035LEGITIMACY). Her main research interests relate to EU decision making, the use of legal and other expertise and questions of democratic governance. She specializes in EU institutional and constitutional law, with a main focus on European administrative law, Economic and Monetary Union and EU external relations, publishing in leading academic outlets in her field, and frequently engages in multidisciplinary work.
‘The Politics of Legal Expertise in EU Policy-Making‘ will be published later this year by Cambridge University Press.
Christina Eckes, Professor of European law at the University of Amsterdam and director of the Amsterdam Centre for European Law and Governance (ACELG)
Elise Muir, Professor Muir is Head of the Department for International and European Law, Head of the Institute for European Law of the KU Leuven and Visiting Professor at the College of Europe
Harm Schepel, Professor of Economic Law and Director of Law Programs at Brussels School of International Studies, University of Kent
Jonathan Zeitlin, Distinguished Faculty Professor of Public Policy and Governance, University of Amsterdam, and Academic Director of the Amsterdam Centre for European Studies (ACES)
Anna Wallerman, Associate professor of EU Law at the University of Gothenburg and a senior lecturer in procedural law.
Legal advisers working in the institutions of the European Union exercise significant power, but very little is known about their work. Notwithstanding the handful of cases where legal matters find their way into the news, legal advice remains invisible in EU policy making. For more than ten years Päivi Leino-Sandberg was a part of the invisible community of EU legal advisers, and participated in the exercise of their power. In this book, she shares her insights about how law and lawyers work in the EU institutions, and what their role and impact is on EU decisions from within the decision-making structure. She draws on interviews with over sixty EU lawyers and policymakers: legal experts who interpret the Treaties within the Institutions, draft legislation and defend the Institutions before the EU Court. Telling the true stories behind key negotiations, this book explores the interplay and tensions between legal requirements and political ambitions.