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LAPA Special Workshop: Protecting Media Pluralism via European Law? The Centro Europa 7 Case and Beyond

Apr 12, 2016 04:30PM to 06:00PM
301 Marx Hall


Open to the Public
Roberto Mastroianni, University of Naples-Federico II, with Discussants: Dimitry Kochenov, LAPA Fellow; University of Groningen (The Netherlands); Kim Lane Scheppele, Princeton University, Sociology, UCHV, and WWS; Jan-Werner Mueller, Politics


What are the benefits and limitations of invoking European law to challenge government overreach? In this talk, Professor Roberto Mastroianni sheds light on this important question​ by discussing how the laws of the European Union and the European Convention on Human Rights were leveraged to challenge the media monopoly held by then Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi in the Centro Europa 7 case. By elaborating on the broader implications of this case - in which Mastroianni participated as part of the legal team challenging Berlusconi - Mastroianni demonstrates how European laws, while useful in making legal arguments against democracy-eroding government actions, all-too often fail to prove decisive in holding state actors into account, underscoring the limits of a judge-centric strategy for protecting media pluralism and fundamental rights.

A copy of the workshop material may be picked up in 416A Robertson Hall during regular business hours.