Universiteit Maastricht

Faculty of Law

"Citizens Rights and Economic Crisis" on 20 September 2013

Conference organized by the Faculty of Law of Maastricht University, Friday 20 September 2013

The ongoing crisis in Europe has many sides and consequences. In this conference, organized by the Faculty of Law of Maastricht University, convened by the Montesquieu Institute Maastricht and the Maastricht Center of European Law, the paramount question is how the rights of individual citizens or groups of citizens are affected by the crisis. Which rights do they have? How and by whom can these rights, if any, be enforced? Or, are citizens left in the cold while everyone (IMF, ECB, Eurogroup, Member States) is preoccupied with balance sheets, GDP figures and rating agencies? Is there any role for national courts or the ECJ if budget austerity affects social rights? Do fiscal rescue schemes have to take into account the obligations of the European Social Charter or the Charter of Fundamental Rights? In this conference we want to investigate, within the broader picture, the bite of the law and of individual rights in the current (and any future?) economic crisis. We believe that our programme will guarantee a lively forum rich of insights which will provide ample food for discussion.