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Does the European Union need a Constitution? – University of Reading

Release Date : 04 February 2004

With European Union leaders failing to reach agreement on an EU Constitution in Brussels last December, the University of Reading's School of Law is holding a timely lecture on this critical and controversial issue. Stephen Weatherill, Jacques Delors Professor of EC Law at the University of Oxford, will provide a critical commentary and invoke a stimulating discussion of the need for a European Constitution at this year's Paul Jackson Annual Law Lecture. Professor Weatherill, who was a lecturer at the University of Reading for a period in the 1980s, is a leading scholar in the area of European law and policy and has written authoritative texts in the area – including 'EU Law', which he co-authored with Paul Beaumont. The School of Law's Paul Jackson Annual Lecture was launched last year in recognition of the enormous contributions made by Professor Paul Jackson to the School as one of its founding members and former Head of Department. The lecture also serves the purpose of strengthening ties between the School, law alumni and the local community. After the lecture, a reception is held to provide a more informal setting for friends, colleagues and members of the profession in the local area to catch up. EVENT: The Paul Jackson Annual Law Lecture: 'Does the European Union need a Constitution?' by Professor Stephen Weatherill LOCATION: Madejski Theatre, Earley Gate, Whiteknights campus TIME & DATE: 6.30pm, 20 February TICKETS: Free CONTACT: End Notes for editors: -About Stephen Weatherill Professor Weatherill was educated at the Universities of Cambridge and Edinburgh, before coming to lecture at Reading in 1986-87. He went on to lecture law at the University of Manchester (1987-90) and the University of Nottingham (1990-97), before taking up his current post in Oxford in 1998. His research interests include EC law and policy, particularly the law of the internal market, consumer policy, sport, and questions of legal competence and legitimacy. -Journalists are welcome to come to the lecture and should contact Craig Hillsley, Press Officer, University of Reading, to confirm attendance. Tel: 0118 378 7388 E-mail:


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