Monica Claes: A legal toolkit for Europe
A legal toolkit for Europe
Finding common ground in the constitutions of European member states
The constitutions is a sensitive issue. A majority of the population in The Netherlands attaches great importance to the constitution. However, research shows that most people have no idea what is written in it. A European constitution is an even more sensitive topic, which was proven by the Dutch voting “no” in 2005. At the Tilburg Institute of Comparative and Transnational Law, Monica Claes studies the substance and function of European constitutions.
Monica Claes (1968) is professor of European and comparative constitutional law at Tilburg University.
Claes has a special interest in the relationship between the European, national and international legal orders, constitutions and institutions. Her research focuses in particular on comparative research, seeking to identify constitutional norms and principles which Member States have in common and which may form the basis for the constitutionalisation of Europe. These norms and principles can migrate to the European level. Where divergence between constitutional principles is found, ways may need to be found to accommodate such diversity. Claes also investigates the constitutional position of the European and national courts and their relationship to political bodies.
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