In Courts We Trust: Some Evidence for Law as Credibility: CELS Webinar

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Speaker: Professor Antonio Estella de Noriega, University Carlos III of Madrid


Antonio Estella is Professor of Administrative Law and Jean Monnet Professor “ad personam” of European Economic Governance Law at the Carlos III University of Madrid (Spain). He has been Jean Monnet Professor of European Union Law in 2006-2010. He completed his PhD at the European University Institute (Florence, Italy, 1997) with an essay on the principle of subsidiarity, receiving the unanimous compliments of the jury for the “excellent quality of the doctoral thesis”. He holds a Master’s Degree in Community Law from the ULB (Brussels, Belgium, 1992). He graduated in Law from the Autonomous University of Madrid (Spain) in 1991. He started his academic career at the UC3M in 1997, where he obtained a tenured position as Associate Professor in 2003. In 2006 he obtained a Jean Monnet Chair in EU Law and in 2013 he was granted a Jean Monnet Chair “ad personam” in European Economic Governance Law. He has published on administrative law, constitutional law, European law, on theory of law and on the legal aspects of European economic governance. He has been Visiting Fellow at the University of Berkeley (1999), Princeton University (2012) and the University of Oxford (European and Comparative Law Institute) (2014-2015). He is the author of “The EU Principle of Subsidiarity and its Critique” (Oxford University Press, 2002), “El dilema de Luxemburgo: el Tribunal de Justicia de las Comunidades Europeas ante el Principio de Subsidiariedad” “(Ceura, 2000),” El control de la administración comunitaria a través de la motivación” (Aranzadi, 2005), “España y Europa: hacia una nueva relación” (Tirant Lo Blanch, 2014). He has recently published “The Legal Foundations of EU Economic Governance”, (Cambridge University Press, 2018). He has been a member of/ is a member of evaluation panels of the Jean Monnet Program, the Altiero Spinelli Program, and the ERC program, in addition to other programs of a national (spanish) scope. He is a member of the editorial board of several Spanish and international journals, a member of the Executive Board of the Council for European Studies (Columbia University). He chairs the CES Law Research Network, an interdisciplinary and multinational network aimed at reinvigorating research in EU law.


This talk will explore the issue of trust from a legal perspective. First of all, it will present and analyze opinion polls from the World Values Survey and other Surveys such as the Latinobarometro or the European Social Survey on Trust in the Judicial System. Though trust in executives and in parliaments is declining across the globe, there seems to be an increase in trust levels regarding the judicial system. This development will be explored and analyzed and the connection between this emerging evidence and the Theory of Law as Credibility will be made.

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