The EU has long been seen as something of beacon for regionalism and an exporter of legal norms. Such exports have usually been examined in terms of Europe's ability to export rather than the willingness or otherwise of recipient states to 'adopt' such norms. In addition, norm export has largely been understood as a feature of geography, with closer states being more likely to adopt such European practices. This seminar examines the export of EU constitutional and legal norms in the Asia-Pacific region and questions these assumptions. This reveals a far more complex story of adoption and rejection. For example, although the EU's constitutional model has not travelled well despite strong prima facie support for regional co-operation across the region, EU law itself reaches far deeper into the domestic legal systems of the region's states that is often realised. Using a number of research projects undertaken by the author and New Zealand European Union Centres Network this seminar argues that the EU's legal norms remain a major influence in the region, although such influence is often more complex than first impressions suggest. The long arm of the (EU) law is long indeed.

W. John Hopkins is an Associate Professor at the Canterbury University, Christchurch, New Zealand. Research interests are mainly in the fields of comparative public law and international law. Much of his work has examined the development of federal or multi-level governance at the domestic and international levels. Although most of his work has examined systems of autonomy within nation-states, his recent focus has been the connection between domestic and international public law and the application of federal ideas to international organisations. Other research interests include administrative justice and constitutional history.

Registration: Please register online no later than Thursday 14 December 2017.

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