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Clara van Dam gives seminar for Lund University about EU guidance in the national legal order

On 18 March 2021, Clara van Dam gave an online seminar for Lund University about EU Commission guidance in the national legal order. The seminar was hosted by Professor Henrik Wenander.

In the first part of the seminar Clara presented her doctoral research on the role of guidance documents of the European Commission in the Dutch legal order. In her presentation, Clara discussed in what ways authorities and courts in the Netherlands use non-legally binding guidelines of the European Commission and showed how these guidance documents can lead to processes of ‘informal Europeanisation’.

The presentation was followed by a lively discussion with questions of participants with backgrounds in both Public law and European law. During this discussion various topics were addressed, ranging from the tension between consistency and individualised decision-making that arises when using Commission guidelines, to the process of conducting empirical research to study the issuing and use of Commission guidance documents.

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