10 February 2019

Seminar: 40 Years of Purely Internal Situations

This talk analyses these trends against the background of the goals and limits of the integration process within the EU internal market.

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Tuesday 19th February 2019
2 - 3.30pm
Room AG14, 
Bartolomé House

The Sheffield Centre for International and European Law will host a seminar by Professor Amedeo Arena from Università degli Studi di Napoli Federico II, Italy.

Everyone is welcome to attend and there is no need to register.

Seminar description

Over 190 million European citizens (i.e. 37% of the EU-28 population) have never set foot in an EU Member State other than their own. EU law refers to this phenomenon as 'purely internal situations', i.e. factual constellations that lie outside the scope of EU law because they are entirely comprised within one and the same EU Member State. The ECJ often relies on purely internal situations as an argumentative shortcut to rule out any potential conflict between EU law and the national measure regulating that situation. The approach of the ECJ to purely internal situations, however, has significantly evolved over time. This talk analyses these trends against the background of the goals and limits of the integration process within the EU internal market.

Professor Amedeo Arena

Amedeo Arena is Associate Professor of European Union Law at the University of Naples “Federico II” (est. 1224). Amedeo graduated in Law summa cum laude from the University of Rome, holds LLM degrees from King’s College London and New York University, and completed a PhD and a Postdoctoral Research Fellowship at the University of Naples “Federico II”. Amedeo was visiting researcher at University of California Berkeley and University College London; he was visiting professor, inter alia, at Leiden Europa Institute, KU Leuven, and Sheffield University; he gave faculty seminars or public lectures at Harvard, Stanford, Columbia, and Cambridge universities. Amedeo is the author of three research monographs (Editoriale Scientifica 2011, 2013, and 2019), one casebook (Giappichelli, 2016), one encyclopedia tome (Kluwer Law, 2014), and over forty articles and case notes published in journals such as the Yearbook of European Law, the Common Market Law Review, the European Law Review.

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