Jan 2019

Calls for Papers for the next European Politeia issue

EUROPEAN POLITEIA is inviting papers for the next issue.

Last date of submission: 30.04.2019.

A previous, brief presentation (300 words) of the essay is required.

The Journal

European Politeia is a bi-annual journal of European law, public affairs and society published by the European Public Law Organization under the scientific supervision of the Greek Center of European Studies and Research (EKEME) of the EPLO.

The aim of this publication is to provide an additional forum for the ongoing debates on a broad range of issues and particularly those that transcend individual countries. It will hopefully make relevant voices from the South of Europe more accessible to a broader audience. It will be a rewarding exercise to draw from the expertise of many scholars from Greece and other countries. The publication will be open to various theoretical and political perspectives that spring from different experiences and methodological traditions. We do not intend to narrow the frame of the debates.

The calls for papers relate to the following topics.

a) Ten Years since the Lisbon Treaty

The Lisbon Treaty was the controversial successor to the European Union’s “Constitutional Treaty”. It was characterized by some as a compromise between the proponets and the opponents of the unification, by others as a retreat of the integration project, and by many as a step forward towards the United States of Europe. Its purpose was not only practical, namely to help the Union function more smoothly with 28 instead of 15 Member States, but mainly teleological, that is to provide a crucial boost to the integration project by clarifying once and for all the lines between the role of the Member States and that of the Union, and strengthen the latter to cope with the challenges of the new era.

Today, ten years since its entry into force, the question of whether the Lisbon Treaty has fulfilled the aspirations that followed its adoption remains controversial. Throughout the fields of EU law, politics, economy and societies, its rules and provided solutions were not considered as adequate when the EU faced challenges such as the economic crisis, the refugee problem, the withdrawal of the UK and the rise of eurosceptic political parties all around Europe. Nevertheless, the new structure and function of the EU, as established by the Lisbon Treaty, was the main framework that allowed for new, necessary paths to be drawn in order for solutions to be found.

The aim of the issue is to host views on the roads towards the European integration that the Lisbon Treaty opened or closed during the ten years of its force, as well as on its future prospects.


  • Is the Lisbon Treaty a step forward or backwards in comparison to the Contitutional Treaty?
  • The functioning and the procedures in the EU after the Lisbon Treaty: Democracy vs Efficiency?
  • The fundamental rights’ protection in the EU legal order after the Lisbon Treaty: from the rising of the Charter to the dead-end of the EU’s accession to the ECHR?
  • Has the Lisbon Treaty helped or sabotaged the EU’s foreign, security and defence policy?
  • The “third pillar” after the Lisbon Treaty: How secure and just is our freedom?
  • Upholding the rule of law in the time of the Lisbon Treaty.
  • Making the most of the Lisbon Treaty: the initiatives taken by the ECB while braving the economic crisis.

b) The Balkans into Europe: A region transformed?

A culturally diverse space of human symbiosis and, many a time, of discord, the Balkans have always attracted the attention of politics and international relations scholars. Over the last thirty years, since the fall of the Berlin Wall, the region has experienced the winds of change, even transformation. Composed of diverse states and publics which share a certain sense of affinity, the Balkans are well in their way to become an integral part of the European integration process; some countries, first Greece, then Bulgaria and Romania, and, of recent, Croatia, being full members of the European Union; others, with varying forms and degrees of status or progress,being prospective entries. European Politeia’s special issue aims to re-evaluate the structures and dynamics of the Balkans’ integration into Europe’s evolving polity-building process; their claims, aspirations, antinomies, dialectics, expectations, preferences, dilemmas and, crucially, convergence to collective European standards. Thirty years since Europe’s political transformation, the special issueaims to develop an interdisciplinary optic of a region’s actual or potential transformation and to redraw the wider image of its achievementsandfailures; its forces of unity and disunity. The aimis to developa more profound understanding of the region, by yieldingnew insights without neglecting the historical experience for a balanced scholarly account.


  • What lessons can be drawn from the Balkan’s contemporary European experience?
  • Which legal, political, social or cultural issues concerning candidate Balkan countries arise today in view of their prospective integration into EU structures?
  • Isthe current state of integration conducive to further enlargement?
  • How effective is EU foreign, security and defence policy towards the region?
  • What are the political and institutional implications of candidate Balkan countries entering the EU?
  • How to measure convergence and divergence of candidate Balkan countries to collective European standards?

c) The rule of law and the rise of “Illiberal democracies”: a Union without liberal principles?

Serious challenges to the core of the rule of law, such as the rhetoric and the practices of “illiberal” democracy or the constitutional crisis in Poland and the triggering of Article 7 TEU for Poland and Hungary, give rise to important institutional questions: the capacity of Union institutions and of existing procedures to properly address serious deficiencies in the Member States, the role of the judicature vis-à-vis political organs both at Union and national level, alternative tools of control and enforcement within and outside the Treaties, the role of the Union vis-à-vis the rest of the world, in particular candidate countries.

More profoundly, new divisions are rising and the political foundation of the Union seems to be at stake: under which terms the rule of law may be construed as a European value within the specific institutional scheme of the Union? In the same vein, what may be the meaning of the rule of law in a Union based on transnational economic liberties based on mutual trust between Member States yet without a common social contract?

Last but not least, in order to address this series of questions we should first explore the genealogy of the concept as captured by the various language versions of the Treaties and their institutional variations (Etat de droit, Rule of Law, Rechtsstaatlichkeit).


  • The genealogy of the concept and its variations
  • The rule of law as a common European value under the specific institutional scheme of the Union
  • The rule of law and new divisions in the Union
  • Intergovernmentalism and the limits of Art. 7 TEU
  • Political v. judicial organs in upholding the rule of law
  • The paradigm of the rule of law and the rest of world (EU accession policy)


Please send your brief and (once approved) manuscript to the editors ( or ).



1. Submission of texts

All manuscripts must be submitted in Word format as an email attachment. Communications concerning the submission of manuscripts should be sent to MrKostas Panselinos ( ). Manuscripts to be submitted for consideration should be in one of the three most widely spoken European languages: English, French or German.

Articles should preferably be no longer than 4.000-5.000 words, including footnotes, and should be submitted together with an abstract of 100-150 words in length. If the article is written in a language other than English, then an abstract and title in English should be submitted as well. Notes should be numbered sequentially in superscript in the text outside punctuation marks and placed as footnotes included in the main text (after an initial unnumbered note attached to the author’s name by an asterisk, stating his/her professional capacity).

Case notes or legislation notes should not exceed 2.500 words.

Book Reviews should not exceed 1.500 words and have no footnotes.

2. Headings – Style

In articles, case notes or legislation notes, individual paragraphs should not be numbered. Subdivisions with headings are preferred and a maximum of four levels of heading is suggested, as set forth below:

Article title

I. Section

A. Subsection

1. Paragraph

Phrases in capitals or underlined text should be avoided.

3. General rules of citation


Tridimas, The General Principles of EU Law, 2nd ed. (OUP, 2006), pp. 16-24.



Hatzopoulos, Le principe de reconnaissance mutuelle dans la libre prestation de services, (2010) CDE, 47-93.


EU documents

O.J. 1983, L 24/30.

COM(2010)2020, “Europe 2020: A strategy for smart, sustainable and inclusive growth”, para. 460.



Article 114 TFEU

Council Regulation 1/2003/EC (O.J. 2003, L1/1)



Case C‑70/88, Parliament v. Council, EU:C:1990:217, par. 22.

Case C‑95/12, European Commission v. Federal Republic of Germany, not yet reported.

Internet sources

http://ec.europa.eu/sport/library/documents/b24/xg-gg-201307-dlvrbl2-sep... (last visited 22 Oct. 2013).


It is recommended to use abbreviations in footnotes and in parentheses, e.g. Art. 8; 3 Dec. 1990; para 45. Where cases are referenced in several footnotes, please use the case name and “cited supra note X”. For published works referred to more than once, use "author, op. cit. supra note x".

The Editors reserve the right to request corrections to manuscripts.

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