7 February 2017

In search of acceptance: Legitimation deficits and resources of the European Union

Beginning 18  Ending 19:30

Hertie School of Governance, Forum 1st floor, 6.00 – 7.30 pm

The debate about the legitimacy deficit of European institutions has reached a new high after the ‘Brexit’ decision of the United Kingdom in June 2016. While there is little doubt about the existence of the deficit, its reasons, and consequently the remedy to overcome it, are highly contested. In his talk, Professor Grimm will elaborate that one of the most serious but also least known reasons is the European Union’s tendency to over-constitutionalise. Our discussants will look at this and other roots of the problem and derive suggestions to improve the situation.

Keynote and discussion


Dieter Grimm, Humboldt University Berlin, Yale Law School


Rupert Graf Strachwitz, Vice Chair, Deutsch-Britische Gesellschaft


Helmut K. Anheier, President, Hertie School of Governance

A joint event of the Hertie School of Governance, the Dahrendorf Forum, and the Deutsch-Britische Gesellschaft.


If you wish to attend, please register online.