Catherine Sarah Barnard

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Catherine Sarah Barnard
UNIVERSITY OF CAMBRIDGE    UK

Catherine Barnard (MA (Cantab), LLM (EUI), PhD (Cantab)) is Professor of European Union law and Employment Law at the University and a fellow of Trinity College.

She is the author of numerous articles and several books, including the well known The Substantive law of the European Union: The Four Freedoms (OUP, 2013, 4th ed), and EU Employment Law OUP, 2012, 4th ed). She has also edited various volumes including The Constitutional Order of States: Essays in Honour of Alan Dashwood, (Hart Publishing, 2011) (with Arnull, Dougan and Spaventa), The Outer Limits of EU Law, (Hart Publishing 2009) (with Odudu), The Future of Labour Law, (Hart Publishing, 2004) (with Deakin and Morris), and The Law of the Single European Market: Unpacking the Premises, (Hart Publishing, 2002) (with Scott).

She is the co-director of the Centre for European Legal Studies and has been the (co)-editor of the Cambridge Yearbook of European Legal Studies.

Research stay at UC3M: DEPARTMENT OF PRIVATE SOCIAL AND INTERNATIONAL LAW

Project: Can the European Union allow more to be done at local level? For many the question itself is heresy: surely the EU is about centralisation and harmonisation in the interests of the greater good. Despite this popular (mis)conception of the EU, the foundation Treaties have always allowed space for Member States to depart from EU rules where there are good reasons. Other EU measures are intended to foster the interests of the local. It is the hypothesis of my research that by creating more space for action to be taken at local level – what will be termed ‘Glocalisation’ - the EU will begin to (re)connect with its people. This is crucial at a time when the EU is suffering from an acute crisis of legitimacy. This is particularly true in Spain. My project therefore looks towards the next stage of development of the EU when centralisation, necessary for the completion of the internal market, is supplemented and at times replaced by coordinated diversity.

Stay period: SEP 2013 - FEB 2014

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