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Newsletter - Jean Monnet Chair in Parliamentary Democracy and European Integration

This is the third edition of our termly newsletter.


We are pleased to announce that the video recordings of the events we held in spring 2021 can now be found on our website.

As for the coming academic year, we are pleased to announce the first set of events that will be held under our auspices during the autumn and spring terms:

29 September 2021, 6.15pm UK time (7.15 pm CET)

Online roundtable on the German federal parliamentary elections of 26 September, with the following speakers:

  • Andreas Busch (University of Göttingen)
  • Annette Dittert, ARD
  • Isabelle Hertner, King’s College, London
  • Chair: Dr D. G. Dimitrakopoulos (Jean Monnet Chair, Birkbeck)

9 November 2021, 6.15pm UK time (7.15 pm CET)

Online roundtable: ‘Above political contestation? The protection of the rule of law in the EU’, with the following speakers:

  • Laurent Pech, Middlesex University
  • Judith Sargentini, former MEP and author of the eponymous European Parliament report
  • Anna Wójcik, German Marshall Fund and Polish Academy of Sciences
  • Chair: Jennifer Rankin, Brussels correspondent of the Guardian

15 January 2022 (date TBC)

Saturday School on parliamentary democracy and European integration for A-level pupils and their teachers, with the following speakers:

  • Dr Dionyssis G. Dimitrakopoulos (Birkbeck)
  • Mr Matthew Bevington (TBC)

16 February 2022, 6.30pm UK time (7.30pm CET)

2nd annual Monnet lecture - Professor Philippe Van Parijs (Hoover Chair, Université Catholique de Louvain-la-Neuve; Oxford; EUI) 'Europe: a utopian project whose inevitable destiny is failure?'

Please note that:

  1. with the exception of the first two events (that will be held online), a separate announcement will be made when bookings open as to whether each of the remaining events will be held online or face-to-face;
  2. further events are being planned for the coming academic year. These will be announced in due course via this newsletter as well as our website and Twitter account.


The summer term did not involve any teaching but was marked by the submission by students of their assessment of our teaching provision in 2020-21. Across the three Jean Monnet modules, students reported very high rates of satisfaction with our provision, including its online component (which resulted from problems caused by the pandemic).


Dr D. G. Dimitrakopoulos has continued his work on the EU’s initial response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The corresponding article has been accepted for publication in the Journal of European Public Policy, the top academic journal in the field, and has already appeared online.

On 12 June 2021 Dr Dimitrakopoulos made a presentation on parliamentary oversight of executive rule-making in the EU in the context of the (online) conference of the ECPR's Standing Group on the European Union.

Finally, we are also pleased to announce that Dr Dionyssis G. Dimitrakopoulos, holder of the Jean Monnet Chair in Parliamentary Democracy and European Integration, has been promoted to Reader.

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The next edition of our newsletter will be published in December 2021.

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