European Integration at a Turning Point: Switzerland's
Distinctive Approach with speaker Dr. William Kellerhals,
University of Zurich
Approved for 1.5 CLE credits in Professional Practice (CLE credits are free for graduates of New York Law School)
At the end of the World War II, European nations began a process of integration centered on the European Union, which brought unprecedented peace and prosperity. As a reflection of its success, the European Union received the 2012 Nobel Peace Prize. But in the face of daunting challenges – such has the Euro crisis and the risk of Greece leaving the Euro zone – people are openly questioning the European integration process as a whole.
In the midst of this debate, Switzerland (a small nation in the heart of Europe, but not an EU member) has taken its own distinctive approach on integration by creating bilateral treaties with other EU nations. But can it continue this approach? Will it need to clarify its own rules, institutions, and procedures? Andreas Kellerhals will discuss Switzerland’s perspectives and their effects on European integration.
About Andreas Kellerhals
Professor at the University of Zurich and Director of its Europa Institute. He is an adviser to government offices and business representatives and involved in the ongoing process of rethinking Switzerland’s approach to European integration.