Research Seminar 9: Post-Modern Borders: Mutations – The EU

Victoria, Canada | February 12, 2019

This seminar was meant to be held on February 12th, 2019, but was cancelled due to weather. It was to be open to all and to be hosted both virtually and in-person at the University of Victoria.

Certain authors have suggested that Europe is both a museum and a laboratory for borders.
Is the European Community suppressing or weakening “territorial borders” and “legal borders” as “technical, physical and fiscal borders” are being redrawn? Could the European Union also be a laboratory for “inter-territorial” region(s)? In this seminar, we study the transformation of borders in the European Union.


J. T. Leerssen, Europe as a set of borders. Yearbook of European Studies, 6, 1993, pp.1-14

Takle, M., « The Treaty of Lisbon and the European Border Control Regime », Journal of Contemporary European Research, 8 (3), 2012, pp. 280‐299.

T. Diez, The Paradoxes of Europe’s Borders, Comparative European Politics, 2006, 4, (235–252)

A. Cooper, Where Are Europe’s New Borders? Ontology, Methodology and Framing, Journal of Contemporary European Studies 23.4, 2015, pp.447-458

Discussion Leads:

Emmanuel Brunet-Jailly joined the UVIc School of Public Administration in 2001. He was the Jean Monnet Chair in European Urban and Border Region Policy (2014-16), then Jean Monnet Chair in Innovative Governance (2017-20) and is currently Jean Monnet Chair in European Union Policy and Governance (2021-24). Alongside being the Director of BIG (2013-20), he is also the Director of the European Union Jean Monnet Center and the Jean Monnet Network research programs (2013-19). His Research Interests include comparative and policy relevant research, comparative urban and borders studies, policies, politics and governance, comparative border and migration studies, and policy governance.

Benjamin Perrier is a Post-Doctoral Fellow working with both the Borders in Globalization program and the Jean Monnet Database Project. His work focuses on the theoretical and legal renewal of the territorial borders of the States in the era of globalization. He is writing a book about the concept of “postmodern border” which proposes that the border is not only analyzable by the territory and by the inter-state level but rather by the prism of the relationships between legal orders (national, international, European, global). This angle of analysis allows both to better understand the legal dimensions of the territorial border in globalization and to better understand the phenomenon of legal globalization through the prism of the interaction between legal orders. His specific areas of research include the legal regime of the border, cross-border territorial cooperation law, transnational and global law, and environmental regionalization. More generally, his disciplines are Public Law, Public International Law, EU Law, and the Theory and Philosophy of Law.

Research Seminar 9: Post-Modern Borders: Mutations - The EU