Kicking out the Rogues: Should Federations be Able to Expel Member States?

Lecture | April 10 | 12-1 p.m. |  Moses Hall

 Eva Marlene Hausteiner, Political Theory, University of Bonn

 Institute of European Studies, San Francisco Eric M. Warburg Chapter of the American Council on Germany

When, if at all, should members get expelled from a federation? While accession to or secession from a federal union – such as the United States – has long been the issue of heated debates, only recently have the federal center’s sanctions on members in violation of common rules and laws become an issue. How should, for example, the EU treat countries in violation of the rule of law? In her talk, Eva Hausteiner will highlight the vague current provisions and practices – from the Treaty of the European Union to the German Grundgesetz – and explain why it might be advisable for federal governments to think of better and enforceable ways to stabilize their union.

 heike.friedman@berkeley.edu, 510-643-4558