Towards a Tyranny of Values? September 24, 2021

Breakfast lecture with Professor Armin von Bogdandy

On 22 September 2021, Professor Armin von Bogdandy (Director at the Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law, Heidelberg) gave a lecture entitled 'Towards a Tyranny of Values?' Professor von Bogdandy emphasized that while the European Union is built on the values enshrined in Article 2 TEU 'characterizing' the European society, such values are inherently open and do not lend themselves to thick definitions in a Union of diverse legal orders and constitutional identities. Instead, when implementing Article 2 TEU, European institutions should focus on policing 'red lines', or constitutional minimums that Member States cannot cross, allowing for the concretization of the substance of European values in a given time and a given situation only.