Colonialism and European Union Law

with Hanna Eklund

The Stockholm Centre for International Law and Justice invites you to a seminar with

Hanna Eklund
Colonialism and European Union Law


Hanna Eklund

In 1957, when the European Union (EU) was founded, four out of six of the original Member States were colonial powers (see full article here). In what way is that history of relevance in contemporary EU law? This presentation will outline how foundational EU law has been shaped by colonialism, and argue that understanding the connection between EU law and colonialism is not just a historical exercise, but a starting point for an examination of the EU law of today.

Hanna Eklund is Assistant Professor of Constitutional Law at the University of Copenhagen. She was previously a postdoctoral fellow at Sciences Po Law School in Paris, and holds a Ph.D. from the European University Institute (EUI) in Florence. Her research interests lie within the field of EU law, particularly in its political and socio-economic context. Her most recent publications include ‘The Margin of Discretion and the Boundary Question in EU Fundamental Rights Law’ (Common Market Law Review) and ‘Peoples, Inhabitants and Workers: Colonialism in the Treaty of Rome’ (European Journal of International Law). In 2020 she was awarded a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Fellowship from the European Commission and she is currently the principal investigator of the project ‘Colonialism and EU Law: Writing Legal Histories for the Future’ funded by Danmarks Frie Forskningsfond.

The event has a hybrid format, either in person at the Faculty Room or on Zoom:

Due to an urgent reason, Dr Eklund will present via Zoom. However, participants in Stockholm are invited to join us in the faculty room.

No registration needed.