Civil liberty rests upon the right to have secrets. Paradoxically in defending and protecting this liberty, the state necessarily has to act secretly in order to prevent both internal and external enemies to undermine democracy and the rule of law. Professor Paul Frissen will talk about this paradox and about the necessity of state secrecy, in a lecture on June 8, 2016 at Leiden University.
Claartje van Dam, member of the Profile Area of Political Legitimacy, is in the final period of her PhD research, in which she explores the role of guidance documents of the European Commission in the implementation of EU legislation. Claartje hopes to defend her thesis in 2017.
On April 29, Leiden scholars presented a new book at Nieuwspoort (The Hague): 'Fit for the Future'. This book brings together several views on the Dutch EU Presidency Agenda 2016 from a number of scholars who are affiliated with Leiden University and its profile area Political Legitimacy. The general theme: how to make the European Union fit for the future?